More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high. By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 200 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, school officials said.The action at the University of University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles — which together have more than 65,000 students — reflected the seriousness with which public health officials are taking the nation's outbreak.Those under the quarantine were instructed to stay at home and avoid contact with others, though it wasn't clear how those orders might be enforced or what penalties violators might face."Measles actually … [Read more...] about Los Angeles colleges quarantine over 900 possibly exposed to measles
Immunity to measles
The number of measles cases in the U.S. continues to climb, with more than 550 cases reported from January to April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's the second highest number of measles cases reported in any year since 2000, the CDC says. Many of this year's cases occurred as part of ongoing measles outbreaks in several U.S. cities, and most infected people were unvaccinated, according to the CDC. But if you've been vaccinated, can you still catch the disease? Although it is possible to get the measles even if you've been vaccinated, it's quite rare: Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — which are given as part of the standard U.S. childhood vaccination schedule — are 97% effective at preventing measles, according to the CDC. This means that about 3% of people who receive two doses of the measles vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the virus. [27 Devastating Infectious Diseases] It's not clear … [Read more...] about Can You Still Get the Measles If You’ve Been Vaccinated?
Measles covering the head and shoulders of a boy. (Courtesy: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare) Measles covering the head and shoulders of a boy. (Courtesy: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Ann Rowland sorts immunizations as she waits for a patient during the Multnomah County immunization and lead screening clinic at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., Feb. 16, 2019. The move to limit the movement of unvaccinated minors in Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, is its latest effort to fight New York State’s worst measles outbreak in decades. (Alisha Jucevic/The New York Times) CDC via Getty Images A person infected with measles rode Caltrain and visited several locations in San Francisco last week, health officials said. Doses of the MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine and the Tdap for whooping cough at the Health Care Agency, Orange County in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL … [Read more...] about SF visitors possibly exposed to measles last week, officials say
By Filipa Ioannou Published 1:30 pm PDT, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated Press Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated Press Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. … [Read more...] about Traveler exposed Santa Clara County residents to measles at these locations
By Thy Vo | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 26, 2019 at 12:14 pm | UPDATED: March 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County public health officials are warning of possible public exposure to measles, after an international traveler who contracted the disease abroad visited several restaurants and stores across the county between March 16 and 23. People who were at the same stores or restaurants as the infected person should watch for symptoms of the highly contagious respiratory disease, including fever, runny nose, cough, and red eyes, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It’s unclear whether the infected person, an adult, was vaccinated. That person is currently receiving treatment at a hospital. County officials declined to answer questions about whether the person was traveling with other people who may have also been exposed, citing health privacy laws. “The good news is that most people living in Santa … [Read more...] about Santa Clara County warns of possible measles exposure from traveler who fell ill