These terrible words have surpassed the lives of more than 1,000 students and faculty of Los Angeles and the California State University in Los Angeles over the past few days when authorities began to contain potential measles.
From Friday morning, 628 people were still under an individual quarantine at Cal State LA, and 46 are still isolated in UCLA, says Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles Public Health Department.
These are just people who the health department can identify, Ferrer said. A quarantine quarantine was issued for anyone visiting the Northern Campus Campus Campus during the exposition, between 11 am and 3 am. on April 11, Ferrer said. Those people, she said, are required to identify, stay home, and reach out to public health authorities to confirm their status of immunization.
A Los Angeles-based Los Angeles lawyer, Anthony Cook, went to work Thursday when he learned that he may have been exposed to measles in the library, where his office is located. Since the school could not confirm his immunization record, he could not go to work or school.
"I know I got my shots like a kid," said Buch. "I remember seeing my immunization records."
Quach was able to reach his parents and submit their records to student health clinics on Friday. However, the clinic told him that it is still under quarantine until cleared by the local health department.
"It's frustrating and a bit boring because I'm trying to finish the first semester, not to say that the final comes next month," Kvach said.
UCLA Junior Jade McVay said she was more than frustrated – she was frightened. It was also sent in quarantine on Thursday when the student health center could not confirm its status of immunization.
"The nurse dragged me to the side and said:" You were actually in the same classroom as the student who had chickenpox. Do you know if you had an amplifier? "
"And I was a little, I did not remember," said McWay. "So, I began to work really, thinking: 'Am I carrying this disease that could harm me and everyone around me?'
As Quach, McVay was able to quickly reach her parents, who confirmed she had both footage and carried her records to the UCLA clinic. She said she thinks she is happy. She was quarantined for only two hours; a few friends spent more than 18 hours in isolation.
But it was only a matter of time before he appeared at the college campus, said Lawrence Guest of Georgetown University, who runs the National and Global Health Institute of O & M Nile.
"Campuses are really hotspots of infectious diseases," Guest said. "Young people are in close contact, are intimate, eat food together, live together in homes."
It is such a high-risk environment, Guest said, that any simulation it creates in the onset of an infectious disease "begins at the college campus, and then spreads to the city, and then to the state and in the country."
Getting ready for an epidemic
Aware that infectious disease can spread like a wildfire in a student population, many universities are actively preparing for such scenarios. Georgetown University, Guest said, is preparing for its annual "simulation of pandemic preparedness", in which they explore what can happen if infectious disease is detected on the campus.
"Simulations are a really good thing," Guest said, "because you can not know if you can react effectively if an epidemic occurs. You need to practice, practice, practice."
Did UCLA and Cal State LA have such plans? CNN's e-mails to health officials at both universities who are asking for plans for simulations and readiness remain unanswered, and neither McWay nor Kuch said they remember such practice during their time on campus.
"In my four years to be here at Cal State LA, I've never done it. I've never been informed of that," said Buch, adding that it would be helpful because "people will not be so scared." they will know what to do. "
Quarantine as effective, if controversial, measure
Using quarantines that help control the eruption, and uncomfortable, is an important public health option, said Rebecca Katz, who runs the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Sciences and Security.
"Quarantine is a word that people react very, but that is, in fact, one of the strongest tools in the public health tool," Katz said. "But because it limits civil liberties, most public health authorities are very cautious to exploit it."
"Sometimes people feel they are being treated as a criminal," Katz added. "The point is to treat yourself as doing something that contributes to your society and just act like a criminal if you do not listen."
Universities often wait while the Public Health Department insists that such measures are necessary, said Dr Timothy Moody, who chaired the Emergency Response Coalition for the American Health Care Association.
"Most universities would like people in public health take the lead, "Moody said." They are unwilling to do something that can be understood as limiting the students. "
While the nation is struggling to prevent the growing threat of measles, experts predict that more universities will see such outbreaks in Los Angeles and Los Angeles. And while public health officials are struggling to identify all those who might be at risk, quarantines are the most likely option.
"These things are good within the traditional public health forces," Guest said. "I think they are constitutional, I think they are ethical, and I think that if they are well implemented, they will be effective."