Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- A person diagnosed with measles went to Penn Station this week and boarded an Amtrak train, possibly exposing fellow passengers, New York health officials said Friday.
"Anyone traveling on Amtrak train no. 283 from Penn Station in NYC to Albany on January 25, 2015, and who is not immune to measles or not sure of their measles immunity, should contact their primary care physician if they become ill with fever," the New York State Department of Health said in a statement.
The person who took the 1:20 p.m. train and exited in Rhinecliff, N.Y., was previously at Bard College in Dutchess County, where the diagnosis was made.
"In order to prevent the spread of illness, DOH is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to call their health care providers or a local emergency room BEFORE going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness," the Health Department said.
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. New York State has had three cases of measles this year, the department said, 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, medical forms show that a student's immunity to the disease must be documented, but they don't state whether exemptions are allowed.
The current nationwide outbreak of measles has spread to 14 states and includes 84 cases reported this month.
Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in existence and will infect an estimated 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed 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.
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