SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

New York DOH announces new measles infection at RPI, possible outbreak

The New York State Department of Health recently announced that a student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tested positive for measles infection and may have exposed other students to the virus.

The student was reported to have been on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y., between January 26 and January 31, at Monhonasen High School in Schenectady, N.Y., on January 26 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department in Troy between 8 p.m. on January 31 and 3:45 a.m. February 1. The N.Y. State DoH said that any persons in the same location as the infected student last week may be at risk of infection if they are not immune to the measles and should to seek medical attention.

Any person that has received at least two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine, was born before January 1, 1957, was previously infected with a laboratory-confirmed case of the measles or had a recent blood test to confirm immunity is considered immune to the measles. Anyone who does not fall into one of these categories is considered to be susceptible to measles infection.

The N.Y. State Department of Health asks that any persons experiencing potential measles symptoms seek medical attention immediately and call their healthcare provider before visiting the office as a safety measure to help prevent the spread of infection.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease which can lead to serious symptoms and possibly death. Most mild cases may include runny nose, slight fever, cough and rash. Anyone can contract the measles, but children are generally considered to be more susceptible.