Why is it that when California comes up these days, we’re always talking about horrible diseases?

The Los Angeles Times reports:

UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court

A UCLA employee who contracted measles may have exposed students and others to the highly contagious disease, according to campus officials.

A university employee was diagnosed with measles on Monday. But health officials say he may have infected students when he ate lunch at the Court of Sciences Student Center food court between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on July 2 and July 3, according to health officials.

Considered one of the most contagious diseases in the world, measles spreads through coughing and sneezing, but can linger in the air for up to two hours after the sick person leaves the room. Anyone at the food court at that time who has not been vaccinated may be at risk of contracting measles, experts say.

In April, a UCLA student with measles prompted the quarantine of hundreds of students on campus. This case is unrelated, officials said.

This week, UCLA officials notified employees who may have been exposed. If those employees do not have proof of immunity to measles, they may not come to work until it can be proven that they don’t have measles, according to a statement from UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor Michael J. Beck.


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