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August 10, 1994

Infectious Diseases in Competitive Sports

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Stanford University Stanford, Calif

JAMA. 1994;272(6):436. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520060034027

To the Editor.  —I would like to call attention to two items in the recent article1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on infectious diseases in competitive sports that deserve further amplification.Two newspaper articles are cited (references 58 and 59) about the 1989 measles outbreak at Siena College in New York State. These articles brought a lot more publicity to Siena College than they did to Stanford University, Siena's first-round opponent in the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. Stanford ironically had been one of the first two schools in 1983 to implement the recommendations of the American College Health Association (with the Centers for Disease Control)2 that all colleges and universities have prematriculation immunization requirements. Stanford thus required proof of immunity against measles for all students. Consequently, the Stanford team was at no risk of catching measles from the Siena team (although they did

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