The measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland between Dec. 17 and 20 is causing more problems than just a cough, rash and runny nose. The disease is now affecting school districts as well. According to the LA Times, Palm Desert High School has banned 66 students without the measles immunization for two weeks of classes.
According to the article, the students received a letter that they could not return to school until Feb. 9 unless they are able to prove that they have been vaccinated. This is due to the fact that a student who presented symptoms for measles attends the school. The student has since been cleared by medical authorities to go back to school, but the unvaccinated students, although not exposed to the virus from this student, are still barred from attending school.
In contrast, a school in Huntington Beach banned unvaccinated students after a student who was actually infected with the virus attended school for a day.
So far, however, only 95 cases of the Measles have been reported in the United States and Mexico – an overwhelming .00000022 percent of the population.