Measles outbreak leads to quarantine at UCLA, Cal State

Hundreds of students and faculty were quarantined as the two schools took unprecedented steps to fight one of the world's most contagious diseases.
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Transcript for Measles outbreak leads to quarantine at UCLA, Cal State
That measles emergency leading to massive quarantined at two universities in Los Angeles. Hundreds of students and faculty at UCLA and cal state told to stay N and avoid contact with others after fears they were exposed to measles. He BC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman is on the UCLA campus with more this morning. Knack of morning. A good morning today this is possibly one of the biggest exposure we've seen since this national outbreak began in. What is so troubling to public health officials is that that first contagious person went to some very public places the Los Angeles airport. Where the busiest in the world and cal state and UCLA. With their tens of thousands of students. One person and we haven't confirmed measles case can expose thousands of people. With hundreds of faculty and students know in quarantine you see Elaine cal state taking that drastic step. To fight one of the world's most compete use viruses the measles once believed to have been eliminated from the US. Now spreading across the country and hitting Los Angeles. Arab five cases. Four of which are mean does an outbreak health officials say that first exposure occurred at the Los Angeles airport or April 1. That traveler quickly spreading the virus to others one of those contagious people then went to you Shealy psychology school on three occasions. Levy students like jade McVeigh exposed. And eventually quarantined. They're basically Blake now you're gonna get it quarantined right now and edit edit you down if you tried pinch. Then you'll be in trouble it like law department public health there are some Savard and Asian. The virus is very hearty it can live on surfaces for several hours after exposure. And even stay in the air for up to two hours after a sick person coughs or sneezes making it very difficult to stop. Now the CDC says roughly 700 measles cases have been reported across the US. Now court date is not jailed Sicilian students and staff who can provide. Medical records showing they've been immunized can get out quickly but those who can't find those records they might have to stay in quarantine for another. Ten days to see that wow okay Matt thank you.

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