The New York State Department of Health confirms a college student with measles boarded Amtrak station from Penn Station earlier this week and may have exposed other passengers to the contagious virus, state health officials said.
The student at Bard College in Dutchess County took Amtrak train #283 from Penn Station to Albany at 1:20 p.m. on January 25. He got off in Rhinecliff, New York. The train stopped in Albany before traveling on to Niagara Falls.
College officials said the student has been isolated during his recovery.
The state Department of Health advises individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to call their doctor or a local emergency room before going for care in order to prevent the illness to spread to others.
Symptoms of measles include runny nose, cough, fever, and red, blotchy rash that typically starts on the face and spreads downward and outward to the hands and feet.
New York has had three cases of measles this year – one in Dutchess County and two in New York City.
New York requires that all college students show proof of immunity to measles.
At Bard College, the Dutchess County Department of Health held a measles vaccination clinic for any students, faculty or staff who has not been vaccinated against measles.
The latest nationwide outbreak of measles has spread to 14 states and includes 84 cases reported this month. Most of the cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and another theme park in Southern California that began in late December and now has spread to six other states, including Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
Measles is a highly contagious illness. It can spread through coughing or sneezing and can infect an estimated 90 percent of people who not immune to the virus. The incubation period is on average 14 days, but an infected person can be contagious up to four days before they start to show symptoms.