WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A college student who rode an Amtrak train through New York to last Sunday has the measles, prompting health officials to warn anyone who came in contact with the patient to watch for signs of the illness.
The Bard College student took the No. 283 Empire line train from Penn Station at 1:20 p.m. Jan. 25. The train made stops in Yonkers and Croton-Harmon before continuing to Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff and the Albany area.
Bard, a liberal arts college in Dutchess County, has held an immunization clinic for students.
Anyone who might have come into contact with the student and is not fully vaccinated or unsure of their vaccination status is urged to see a doctor, health officials said.
The disease is highly contagious and can take several days after exposure to develop. It causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body.
Measles has infected 84 people in 14 states this year