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Edwardsville teens sent home because of mumps

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A transmission electron micrograph of the mumps virus is seen in an undated file photo. (CDC image)

By AP/KWMU

Edwardsville, Ill. – Two teens in Edwardsville, Ill. are being asked to stay home until Friday because they haven't been immunized for mumps, and another student at Edwardsville High School has been diagnosed with the disease.

The non-immunized students were sent home Tuesday and were asked not to return until Friday, the day after the incubation period for the illness expires.

The students' parents had sent them to school despite the request from school district officials. At least one parent says she practices holistic medicine and didn't want her daughter immunized. She says her child shouldn't be excluded from classes because of that.

Parents say they want to get an injunction to force the school to accept their children.

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