Around the nation: More than 200 students, staff quarantined at California universities

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The quarantines apply to staff and students at the University of California, Los Angeles and at California State University who were exposed to measles but cannot provide evidence that they were vaccinated against the disease, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Delaware, and Kansas.

  • California: Health officials on Thursday announced a quarantine for more than 200 students and staff members at the University of California, Los Angeles and at California State University, Los Angeles, who were exposed to measles and cannot provide evidence that they were vaccinated against the disease. Health officials said the quarantine is intended to prevent the spread of measles. The Cal State L.A. exposure occurred at a library on April 11. The UCLA exposure occurred on campus earlier this month (Dobuzinkis, Reuters, 4/25; Karlamanga, Los Angeles Times, 4/25).

  • Delaware: CDC has confirmed a sighting of Triatoma sanguisuga, commonly known as the "kissing bug," in Delaware, after the bug bit a child in her home. The bug can carry a deadly disease called Chagas, but the child who was bitten did not contract the disease (Bies, Delaware News Journal/USA Today, 4/23).

  • Kansas: Pathway Church in Wichita has donated money to RIP Medical Debt, a charitable organization that forgives medical debt for pennies on the dollar. The donation will help to forgive $2.2 million in medical debt for 1,600 people in Kansas (Gooch, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 4/23).

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