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Quarantine ordered at two LA universities

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/26/19, 11:12 am

Los Angeles public health officials issued quarantine orders for more than 200 staff and students at two universities this week due to five confirmed cases of measles in the area. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said 119 students and eight faculty members were under quarantine as of Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how many were quarantined at California State University, Los Angeles.

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Viral complications

Health | Measles outbreaks have spiked globally amid rising vaccine doubts in Jewish, Christian, and liberal /Buddhist pockets, and a virulent strain has governments resorting to heavier interventions
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/25/19, 03:06 pm

Outside a doctor’s office in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn stood a massive sign that read in Yiddish, “If you have a fever and a rash, or have been exposed to the measles, DO NOT ENTER.” On a train between terminals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a city ad campaign showed a picture of a suitcase with the word “Measles” across it.

“Traveling overseas?” the ad read. “You might need a measles vaccine! Measles is spreading in many countries.”

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Measles cases hit 25-year high

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/25/19, 10:54 am

The number of measles cases in the United States has reached its highest level in 25 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The count rose to 695 cases from 22 states by Wednesday, up from 626 reported Monday. This year has been the nation’s worst for measles infections since 1994, but no deaths have been reported from the disease so far.

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