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Measles Outbreak Raises Issues for Colleges

A measles outbreak in the United States — largely tied to exposure at Disneyland — is causing alarm across the United States, and at least four colleges have students with the disease.

Measles can be a very serious disease, and has been thought to be largely eradicated in the United States. But the recent outbreak points to the potential for such a disease to spread, especially since the growing antivaccination movement means that some people lack protection against the disease. Contagious diseases always cause worry on college campuses, where students are in very close physical proximity in classes and, for residential campuses, in dormitories.