More than 1,000 students and staff from two Los Angeles universities in California were quarantined or sent home this week to one of the most comprehensive strategies to limit in the United States, where the highest number of cases has been recorded in 25 years.
By Friday afternoon, two days after the order in Los Angeles, about 325 of those who were harmed were entitled to return to work after they proved that they were vulnerable to disease through medical data or tests. health authorities.
Los Angeles Health Department, California, a poster that warns against the destruction of measles and call symptoms. / AP
The events at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California State University (CSU), with a total of over 65,000 students, reflect the seriousness that public health authorities are using in this outbreak. the nation
"The measles really kill people, so we have to take it very seriously," said Dr. Armands Dorians, Chief Medical Officer, CSU Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Quarantinethey were instructed to stay in their homes and avoid contact with other people. They were also banned from using public transport, including airplanes, trains, buses and taxis. If they were to be in an emergency, they were told that they had to inform the public health authorities first.
"This is a legally binding order," told journalists Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Regional Public Health Director.
The number of measles in the United States this year has risen to almost 700, including five in Los Angeles and 38 in California. The outbreak is largely related to some parents refuse to immunize their children because of misinformation about the potential danger of vaccination.
Registered in Los Angeles, CSU reported that 875 of its students and staff were quarantined after being subjected to measles this month. By Friday, around 250 were authorized to return to work after they proved that they were vulnerable to the disease.
There were 129 students and teachers in quarantine at UCLA. Everyone was allowed to leave him on Friday except 46.
Overall, CSU students in Los Angeles are sleeping in their homes, but many UCLA students live in the university. Some UCLA students were given a place to stay in quarantine. There was only one person on Friday there.
Trump calls for vaccination
Given the increase in the number of cases in the United States, the worst outbreak since its official eradication in 2000, President Donald Trump insisted on vaccination on Friday.
"Vaccines are very important," the President told reporters at the White House. "They need vaccination," he added.
The American epidemic is concentrated in groups with a large number of unvaccinated children, especially in some Orthodox Jewish districts in New York and near Detroit. Most cases of measles were from other countries, including Israel and Ukraine, according to federal health authorities.
According to the UN, measles cases have increased worldwide, as on average over 20 million children have not received a vaccine given in two doses over the past eight years, which makes it difficult to achieve the so-called "collective immunity" for this viral disease.