To the Campus Community:
On Monday, July 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health notified UCLA that a campus employee had contracted measles. We were also informed that the employee had eaten lunch at a fast food restaurant in the Court of Sciences Student Center (also known as the Bomb Shelter) on two days — July 2 and 3 — while he was believed to be contagious.
If you were at the Court of Sciences Student Center between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on July 2 or 3, it is important that you verify your immunity. Faculty and staff should immediately contact UCLA Occupational Health at 310-825-6771, and students should contact the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center at 310-206-6217, and mention that you may have been exposed to measles. Both centers are prepared to help you determine your immunity and answer questions you might have about your possible exposure.
Campus epidemiologists and top health experts have been working closely with the county public health department to ensure that all who might be affected receive notifications and proper care. Upon learning of the situation, UCLA identified and notified employees who may have come into contact or who may have otherwise been exposed. UCLA Occupational Health is in the process of clearing those employees who have immunity. Employees who do not have immunity may not come to work until their incubation period passes.
I know there is concern about measles, particularly among the very small percentage of our community who have not been vaccinated. Please be assured that we have the resources we need for prevention and treatment, and that we are working very closely with local public health officials on the matter.
More information about measles and the measles vaccine can be found at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website and at Bruin Safe Online.
Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor