Thousands in SF Bay Area possibly exposed to measles

SAN FRANCISCO – Contra Costa Public Health officials have issued a measles alert for thousands of Bay Area commuters, after an infected person rode BART trains during its most congested commute hours on six occasions last week.

“Measles is very infectious,” said San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon. “It becomes airborne so that if I have measles anybody in this room, even an hour after we leave could become infected with measles.”

For three days in a row last week the infected person boarded BART trains in Lafayette to commute to the Montogomery Street station in San Francisco for work.

According to BART officials, the person traveled on BART’s busiest lines from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6 during the morning hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and in the evening hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The infected person also spent time at the E&O Kitchen and Bar restaurant on San Francisco’s Sutter Street last Wednesday between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Health officials say the measles patient is recovering at home and will remain isolated for 21 days.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, there are a total of 121 cases of the measles in 17 states. Of those cases, 110 are in California with 15 in the Bay Area.

It was exactly one year ago when a UC Berkeley student who contracted measles while traveling in the Philippines rode BART several times.

There were no commuters who became infected in that case.

In a press release by BART, they re-assure riders that industrial-strength disinfectant is used to clean its trains at the end of the line during the day and each night.

Health officials in Contra Costa and San Francisco counties are working together to retrace the person’s steps and inform anyone who may have been in contact with.

They also report that the person’s employer and the restaurant they visited have been cooperating with the investigation.

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  • Delia
    12 February 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing that the obvious is never stated: 60,000 illegals kids with no vaccines come to the USA, are distributed to the 50 states under the cover of darkness and you are wondering why there is a measles outbreak?

    The outbreak of the dangerous childhood disease that was declared eliminated from the United States 15 years ago continues to spread and it’s going like wildfire.