As you may have heard, there is an outbreak of measles in southern California, including reports of one case in Orange County. Two LA-area colleges, UCLA and Cal State LA, have identified affected individuals and have taken steps to manage those outbreaks. In light of this news, we are providing information about the measles disease and how to prevent and minimize infections.
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis). Measles is spread easily by air or direct contact with an infected person and can survive for up to two hours where the infected person coughed or sneezed.
Prevention Strategies Include:
- · Frequent hand washing with soap and water
- · Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing, or coughing into your sleeve or elbow
- · Avoiding sharing drinks or eating utensils
- · Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as toys, keyboards, tables, counters, and doorknobs
- · Contacting your healthcare provider if you are concerned about your symptoms
In an effort to minimize potential infections, the following procedures can also help protect our community:
· Contact your healthcare provider if you do not have the measles vaccination or to verify immunity.
o Measles Vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html
o Free and Low-Cost Vaccinations: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/clinics
· If you suspect that you are infected with measles, DO NOT REPORT TO WORK. Contact your healthcare provider and report that you may be infected. They will make arrangements to evaluate/control the possible infection. Also notify your respective Human Resources department. If a co-worker or student self-reports they may be infected, encourage them to LEAVE, COVER THEIR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN COUGHING OR SNEEZING, AND SEEK OUT MEDICAL ATTENTION FROM THEIR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. Notify your respective Human Resources department. If you or someone you know has a confirmed case of measles, please report to OC Health Care Agency’s Epidemiology Unit immediately @ 714-834-8180.
Coast Community College District is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all students, employees, and patrons. If you have observed any of these related signs of the Measles disease, please report it and take the necessary steps advised herein. For further questions, please direct them to your respective Human Resources department. In the meantime, please also review the following resources for more information.
Orange County Health Care Agency - http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/dip/prevention/measles
California Department of Public Health - https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/measles.aspx
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/measles/
Marco A. Baeza, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
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