BART Passenger With Measles Potentially Exposed Thousands of Commuters

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Health officials are saying BART riders could have been exposed to the measles recently after a UC Berkeley student infected with the disease rode the train to class last week.

ABC News is reporting that the student who lives off campus in Contra Costa County, was not vaccinated and was likely infected with the measles while on a trip overseas. But before being diagnosed, the student rode BART for several days and attended class in Berkeley, according to the news station.

Specifically, BART says the passenger traveled between the El Cerrito del Norte and Downtown Berkeley stations on Tuesday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 7 between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again in the afternoon and evening commute hours.

So what does this mean for you? Health officials told reporters that anyone who has been vaccinated or has had the disease is unlikely to catch it, even if they had contact with the infected person. And those who are not vaccinated are likely to catch the disease if they've been in contact with a contagious person.

So if you show any symptoms of the measles, go to the doctor ASAP.

"Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease," Dr. Janet Berreman, health officer for the City of Berkeley, told ABC News. "It spreads through the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Fortunately, the measles vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection."

According to the CDC, the symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected. Symptoms include the following:

  • Measles Rash
  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)

The measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours. So anyone who used BART between Feb. 4 and Feb. 7 during the morning commute hours and late evening was potentially exposed to measles.

"BART uses industrial-strength disinfectant to clean its trains at the end of the line during the day and each night," BART said in a statement released this afternoon.




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oshngrl
oshngrl

Adult measles are very very serious. If you suspect having it, see a medical professional immediately. I've had adult measles and I was terribly sick,because the symptoms are way worse than flu. How anyone with knowledge of having the measles could ride a public train is beyond me. 

rob035
rob035 topcommenter

Commuters exposed to taser-happy sadistic BART KOPS.  That is scary.

rob035
rob035 topcommenter

Yawn.

Alex Vogel
Alex Vogel

Ever notice that the average anti-vaxer will piss and whine about "chemicals in vaccines" but will readily take drugs or acid from strangers ???

Dede Lee
Dede Lee

Vaccinate people. You could be liable legally and dont give me this other bs crap.

Feelixx Thomas
Feelixx Thomas

That's not good at all,smh...my brother drives the Bart train.

ellencatalina
ellencatalina

Why is this a big deal, aren't we all vaccinated?

Melissa Hastings
Melissa Hastings

Pretty sure I've been exposed to a lot worse on BART, daily. Measles? Meh.

Ellie Hoffman
Ellie Hoffman

Thanks Jodie, I'm cool...I was tested before going to work at Samuel Merritt University (because they are part of Sutter, a hospital organization). And, he commuted north to Contra Costa, while I went south to Oakland.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

I ride caltrain but thanks for the heads up

Casey Versfelt
Casey Versfelt

Hey Vic Diaz, not sure if this overlapped with when you and Val rode Bart.

downtown21
downtown21

Failing to vaccinate your children is child neglect, and that is a form of abuse. It should be punishable by law. Parental rights are NOT absolute. You don't have the right to beat your children, and I don't see why you should have the right to deliberately endanger their lives by withholding vaccines.

Robyn Malter
Robyn Malter

Vaccinations can wear off in your 30's... I found that out the hard way from getting the measles from a student in Malaysia. However, it's really only dangerous for children and the elderly... stock up on calamine lotion and STAY AT HOME!!!

Edna VanPyrite
Edna VanPyrite

QUICK EVERYBODY EVACUATE CALIFORNIA. Go back East where people vaccinate!

Melissa Stein
Melissa Stein

uc Berkeley students are looking a lot younger these days

Tim Kimmel
Tim Kimmel

This is getting ridiculous. Vaccinations should NOT be an optional thing anymore.

Todd Ganser
Todd Ganser

Always said BART and MUNI are rolling petri dishes.

withak
withak

Is there a way that we can arrange for this student's parents to be beaten or jailed or something?

Otto Wacker
Otto Wacker

Its San Francisco.....If measles is the ONLY thing you were exposed too thats a good thing.

Gloria Goldman
Gloria Goldman

Actually vaccination will only help if you have had a booster within the last 10 yrs, so if not, watch out for symptoms and don't infect anyone else.

Amy Chow
Amy Chow

That's why I avoid public transportation as much as possible.

Grace Faced
Grace Faced

Ridin' that train, high on vaccines. Phew!

Jane Lee
Jane Lee

You only need to worry if you are not vaccinated.

carl.w.weathers
carl.w.weathers

@downtown21  Yep. They put their children and also those who cannot be immunised (the very young and those with egg albumin allergies) at risk.

carl.w.weathers
carl.w.weathers

No. You are spreading misinformation and should not post this kind of nonsense.


Adult measles can cause sterility, brain inflammation, and deafness. And vaccinations for measles do not "wear off". 


See the CDC pinkbook whoich states that "serologic and epidemiologic evidence indicate that vaccine-induced immunity appears to be long-term and probably lifelong in most persons." http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/meas.html

carl.w.weathers
carl.w.weathers

Totally untrue. Stop spreading misinformation. The measles vaccine provides long term -- likely lifelong immunity.

julieg
julieg

this is not true.  anyone who had their full series of MMR is protected, and even if you only had 1 dose there is a good chance you are protected. 

Pertussis vaccine is only effective for about 10 years.

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