Currently the Woodbury University community has not been affected by the widespread outbreak of measles happening across the United States and locally within Los Angeles County. However, the chance of exposure to measles is increased at this time.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads from person-to-person. A person with measles can spread the disease to others even before they have any symptoms. Most people who have not been immunized against measles will get it if they have contact with the virus.
The best way to keep from getting and spreading measles is to get the measles immunization. Measles immunization is available at your doctor’s office, local pharmacy or health clinic. Public Health clinics offer no or low-cost immunizations for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.
If you think that you or someone in your family has measles or has been exposed to measles, contact your doctor’s office immediately. Tell them that you might have measles before you go in, so they can take steps to prevent other patients and staff from being exposed.
Symptoms of measles:
• High Fever (over 101°F)
• Runny nose
• Red watery eyes
• A rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
Measles is spread through a cough or sneeze by a person with measles and can still infect others two hours after the infected person has left a room. Persons with measles are contagious from four days before until four days after the rash appears. The incubation period for developing measles is up to 21 days after being exposed to someone else who has the disease.
You can also contact the Woodbury University Office of Student Affairs (during regular business hours) at 818-252-5232