More than a thousand students and staff from two universities in Los Angeles were quarantined at universities or sent home this week to one of the most comprehensive strategies for mastering measles. United States of Americawhere the highest number of cases has been recorded in 25 years.
By Friday afternoon, two days after the order in Los Angeles, about 325 victims were allowed to return to work after being shown to be vulnerable to illness through medical data or tests to health authorities.
Events 2006 University of California University of Los Angeles (UCLA)and the California State University (USC) at the University of Los Angeles, which has over 65,000 students, reflects the seriousness that public health authorities have had in the country.
"The measles really kill people. That's why we need to take it very seriously," said Dr. Armands Dorian, Medical Director of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Quarantine workers were instructed to stay at home 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 cases in the United States has risen to almost 700 this year, including five in the Los Angeles area and 38 in California. The outbreak is largely due to the fact that some parents refuse to immunize their children because of misinformation about the potential danger of vaccination.
USC in Los Angeles 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.
In general, USC students in Los Angeles are sleeping in their homes, but many UCLA students live in a university. Some UCLA students were given a place to stay in quarantine. There was only one person on Friday there.