The measles epidemic isn't a scare! This incredibly contagious disease was once thought eradicated by the miracle of modern vaccines, but if you get enough under-educated folks fearing debunked hype in one place the whole system falls apart.
Nearly 300 students and staff at two major southern California universities are under quarantine as health officials warn they might have been exposed to measles. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports that at Cal State Los Angeles, 198 are quarantined. Seventy one students and 127 staff members might have been exposed in a campus library.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, 76 students and six faculty are still at risk after a contagious student attended classes.
Officials at UCLA said a student contagious with measles attended classes for three days earlier this month, potentially putting hundreds at risk.
"It's crazy to see that that's happening in a place that I spend time studying. It was supposed to be eradicated," said Nolan Origer, a UCLA student.
The university has identified dozens who may have been exposed. They're being quarantined until medical records can prove their immunity.