A Columbia University student who traveled from Ohio to California with his mother and other family members to avoid a measles outbreak in the state is the first person in the country to be diagnosed with measles.
On Thursday, the university announced that a 22-year-old Columbia University medical student from Ohio has been confirmed with measles and that he has been isolated for observation at a hospital in Los Angeles, where he remains in isolation.
Columbia University Medical Center said the student had been at Columbia for about a week when he came into contact with a person with measles-like symptoms, and he has recovered.
“We are grateful for the quick and effective response by the California health authorities and the Columbia team to isolate the student,” Columbia spokesman Daniel Rizzo said in a statement.
The health authorities confirmed on Thursday that a student from the Columbus area has tested positive for measles, and his condition is stable.
The person, who is a resident of the city, has been taken to a hospital for observation, Rizzolosaid.
On Tuesday, the student’s parents, who live in Columbus, announced they were returning to Ohio to visit him.