Thousands of passengers in San Francisco possibly exposed to measles

By Laura Hundemer,

A student from the University of California, Berkeley rode San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system while infected with measles. Public health officials fear thousands could have been exposed to the disease.

According to San Jose Mercury News health officials have confirmed that the student had not been vaccinated from the disease. They believe he caught measles during a recent trip to Asia.

According to CBS News, Erika Jenssen of Contra Costa County Public Health said, “If this individual had been vaccinated and was exposed to measles abroad, they wouldn’t have been infected and would not have brought the disease to the United States.”

The disease is highly contagious and spreads through droplets passed through the air by cough or sneeze. Symptoms include a blotchy rash, fever and white spots inside the mouth. The rash generally starts on the face and spreads to the body.

Measles usually appears to be a cold until the rash appears.

Authorities are warning passengers who rode BART anytime between Feb. 4-7 to seek medical attention if any symptoms appear.



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