It was only last week when a student infected with measles virus boarded an Amtrak station in New York. The student rode an Amtrak train #283 from Penn Station going to Albany, state health officials said. He disembarked in Rhinecliff, N.Y.
Now another person infected with measles virus, commuted to and from the LinkedIn offices in San Francisco from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6. BART officials last Wednesday warned other passengers that they may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus. Health officials issued a health bulletin urging those who think they may have developed the symptoms to have themselves examined by a doctor right away.
The unnamed individual was identified this week as the first confirmed measles case in Contra Costa County since the start of the outbreak linked to unvaccinated visitor at Disney theme parks in Southern California last December.
LinkedIn officials said they were informed last Tuesday that one of their employees contracted the measles virus. The company sent a message to all workers informing them that they might have been exposed to the virus.
Contra Costa County and San Francisco health officials traced the whereabouts of the infected individual, then contacted BART as well as the person’s employer.
The measles virus has now infected more than 116 individuals across 118 states. Health officials are wary by the speed with which the virus has managed to infect people. Last year’s confirmed measles cases were at 644 and health officials are afraid that this year’s infection may surpass that number.
Public health officials are blaming unvaccinated people for this year’s measles breakout. The president, senators, governors, the CDC and FDA are among those who are calling for a massive vaccination in order to contain the infection.
However members of the anti-vaccination group and others like them continue to ignore the call. One of the most prominent reasons is now the debunked study which linked the measles vaccines to autism.