A Santa Monica High School day care center that was shuttered after an infant at the facility contracted measles reopened today, but only for children with proof that they are not at risk of developing the disease.
The Santa Monica High School Infant Toddler Center, which serves school staff, community members and three teen parents who attend the high school, was closed earlier this week after the measles diagnosis was confirmed. Fourteen infants who were exposed to the affected baby and are too young to be immunized were sent home for 21 days.
Parents of children returning to the center must show “proof of protection from the measles, by getting a blood test” and provide a signed form from their physician.
A letter about the measles case was sent to parents of children enrolled in the day care last weekend. The center serves 24 families with children from 6 weeks to 3 years old.
As of Wednesday, 99 measles cases have been confirmed in the state, according to the California Department of Public Health. Thirty-nine of the patients visited Disneyland between Dec. 17-20, according to the state.