LA County

New Measles Case Tied to UCLA Food Court

A UCLA campus employee contracted measles and may have exposed others to the disease while eating at a campus food court, county health and university officials said Tuesday.

The unidentified employee had lunch at the Court of Sciences food court -- also known on campus as The Bomb Shelter -- on July 2 and 3. Authorities said anyone who was at the Court of Sciences Student Center between 9 and 11:30 a.m. each of those days may have been exposed.

People who think they may have been exposed were urged to check their immunization history and contact their health care provider by phone, particularly if they are pregnant or have a weakened immune system. People who develop possible symptoms, such as illness with fever or an unexplained rash, should stay home and call their health care provider.

Officials added there was no known current risk related to measles at the campus, and the case is not related to previous measles exposure at UCLA. Anyone who may have been at the food court location on the possible exposure dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.

There have been 12 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019, in addition to eight non-resident measles cases among people who traveled through the county. The majority of the cases were people who were unvaccinated, officials said.

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