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Measles confirmed in Bard College student, warning issued for Amtrak travelers

A measles case has been confirmed in a Bard College student on the Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, campus, the school reports.

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The College is working closely with the Dutchess County and New York State Health Departments to ensure the health and safety of those who may have had contact with the student, who has been isolated during recovery.

A history of travel by the student last week has prompted an exposure warning by the New York State Health Department (DOH).

DOH has also been informed that the patient traveled on an Amtrak train so exposures to the public may have occurred beyond the college campus.

Anyone traveling on Amtrak train #283, which left Penn Station in NYC at 1:20 p.m. and traveled to Albany and then on to Niagara Falls 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.

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.

New York State has had three cases of measles this year. One in Dutchess County and two in New York City.

Related: Vaccines: An interview with Dr. Paul Offit