Passengers voice concerns after Amtrak carries passenger with measles

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS 10) – Amtrak says a student with measles was on a train headed for Albany last Sunday. The passenger got off at the Rhinecliff stop. New York Health officials believe others on that train may have been exposed to the contagious virus.

Officials say a student from Bard College in Dutchess County was aboard Amtrak train #238 traveling from NYC to Albany on January 25th. Officials were notified Friday that the student tested positive for the measles. The State Department of Health is now on high alert, thinking the student may have exposed other passengers.

Health officials are asking anyone on that train who hasn’t been immunized and has a fever to call their doctor or local emergency room before going in for care.

According to the state Department of Health, measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is spread by nasal or throat secretions of infected people and in rare cases can be deadly. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, slight fever, reddened eyes and sensitivity to light.

“It’s something to be concerned about and something to be aware of,” said Donna Gagnon of Queensbury.

It was business as usual today at the Rensselaer Train Station. All the passengers I spoke with say although they are immune to the contagious virus, they have their concerns.

“I do have my mask with me; I intend to be careful,” said Debra Goichman of Corinth.

Debra Goichman of Corinth had a double lung transplant 4 years ago and has to take medicine that suppresses her immune system.

“It makes me more susceptible to anything that is around. I did have the measles as a child and I am fully immunized, but it’s a risk and it makes me nervous,” Goichman said.

Jay Harrington of Fonda says this news should make parents want to immunize their children.

I know a lot of people who believe that vaccinations cause autism or other problems. There is no record of that. Vaccinations save lives, especially for children,” said Harrington.

Amtrak says it cleans its trains every day. A spokesperson tells me they’re working closely with the Department of Health, who will determine the protocols on how to notify those who were on that train last Sunday.

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