4 Utahns confirmed with measles; schools on alert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials confirmed Monday three additional cases of measles in a Salt Lake City suburb, prompting one school district to send home 66 students who were potentially exposed.Pamela Davenport, a Salt Lake Valley Health Department spokeswoman, said the three new cases are in addition to one confirmed last week. The first two to test positive for the illness were students at Olympus High School in Holladay, about 10 miles south of Salt Lake City.Davenport couldn’t say how many people had potentially been exposed to the virus, but noted one of the sickened Olympus students had contact with up to 150 people.She said the ages of the four sickened people ranged from six months to 25-years-old.Granite School District officials on Monday said 22 students at Olympus High who were potentially exposed to the virus were asked to stay home until April 25. In addition, two students at William Penn Elementary, 29 from Skyline High School and 13 from Evergreen Junior High also were asked to stay home as a precaution.The school district used an automated phone system Sunday to notify parents of all 68,000 students in the district about the outbreak.”We’re only sending those home with known exposure,” district spokesman Ben Horsley said Monday. He said the school district has 90 schools with up to1,500 students who haven’t been immunized.”It’s been a minor disruption to our school day. We’re continuing school as normal and hopeful this will stay within this portion of the community and not spread any further,” he said.State law allows non-immunized children to be registered for school if they receive an exemption from their local health department. Exemptions are provided for medical, religious and personal reasons.The outbreak is believed to have started late last week at Olympus High. It is the first known case of measles in Utah since 2005.

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