Santa Monica High School Coach Diagnosed With Measles as Outbreak Continues to Spread

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Santa Monica High School students and parents were alerted Friday night that a freshman baseball coach had been diagnosed with measles, as the California-centered outbreak continued to spread to other states and Mexico.

School and Los Angeles County health officials immediately investigated the potential exposure to the rest of the campus. But they concluded that because every student on the baseball team had a record of measles immunization, it was unlikely that students could have caught the highly contagious virus.

No students have been asked to stay away from campus at this time, school officials said.

In a letter sent to all parents and school staff, Principal Eva Mayoral said health officials confirmed the case Friday and “have advised us that there is only a small possibility your student has been exposed in this case; … the Department of Public Health is not directing us to take any special precautions or exclude any students at this time.”

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