Measles Advisory Alert
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Measles Advisory Alert

There is an official Measles Outbreak in Los Angeles County, To assist keeping El Camino College healthy:

  • Students and staff need to know their vaccination status. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep from getting and spreading the measles.
  • Students and staff need to know the symptoms of measles, so they can take action when students and staff may be ill (see below).
  • Students or staff that are feeling ill with possible measles symptoms should call their medical provider before going to a doctor’s office to prevent the spread of measles in waiting rooms.

Student Health Services at El Camino College has been working diligently with the Department of Public Health to ensure the Student Health Center has a protocol in place to quarantine and report suspected/active cases of the Measles to the Department of Public Health, should a student walk in on his/her own accord. If a highly suspicious case of the measles presents in your classroom/campus area, please IMMEDIATELY call LA County Public Health Department for consultation (phone calls are being answered by LIVE individuals 24/7):

Weekdays 8:30 am – 5:00 pm: 213-351-7800

After hours/weekends: 213-974-1234

Symptoms usually begin 8 to 12 days after you are exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period. Rash is often the main symptom.

The rash:

  • Usually appears 3 to 5 days after the first signs of being sick
  • May last 4 to 7 days
  • Usually starts on the head and spreads to other areas, moving down the body
  • May appear as flat, discolored areas (macules) and solid, red, raised areas (papules) that later join together
  • Itches

Other symptoms may include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Light sensitivity (photophobia)
  • Muscle pain
  • Redness and irritation of the eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)

For further information, please visit the websites for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).