Santa Monica High School Baseball Coach Benched for Measles

Santa Monica, CA

Friday another Southern California case of measles surfaced at Santa Monica High School. The school in west Los Angeles County notified parents of all students that a freshman baseball coach had contracted the disease.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker, said that the infected person was a walk-on coach and was not a member of the high school’s teaching staff. Moreover, she stated that he has not been on the campus since developing the symptoms.

Los Angeles County health officials verified that all team members had been vaccinated and don’t expect the contagious virus to spread further, reported the Los Angeles Times. At this point, school officials have not ordered students to stay away from the campus.

Principal Eva Mayoral said that health officials “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.”

The trendy coastal city, along with other tony areas on the west side of Los Angeles, has an alarming record of declining immunization rates over the last twelve years. However, as Breitbart News reported on Saturday, that disastrous trend is beginning to reverse itself.

Health officials now confirm 80 cases of measles, 70 of which are in California. According to the state Department of Public Health, 48 of those cases are linked to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, now considered the epicenter of the outbreak.

The Times reports that in California the vaccination status is known for only 39 of the measles patients. Of those cases, 32 were unvaccinated, one had received partial vaccination and seven were fully vaccinated.