Bay Area commuters were exposed to measles last week during rush-hour on BART likely from a person infected with the highly contagious disease.
The local public health officials said that the commuters of BART, the rapid transit system city, who traveled from San Francisco’s Lafayette station to Montgomery station may have came in contact with the patient before diagnosed for the disease.
The commuters likely got infected in February on the dates 4, 5 and 6, during both the morning and evening hours — from 6 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 9 pm.
The officials, however, declined to disclose the name of the patient.
According to the health officials, the employer of the person is providing complete co-operation to the San Francisco Health Department for ensuring proper safety to the employees who may have been exposed to the disease.
On the positive front, the health officials said that the risk of contracting the disease on BART is low.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health and Contra Costa Public Health said that they were working together to keep a track on the person’s movements and are also notifying the people in close contact.
At least 166 people in 18 states and the District of Columbia were infected so far with the highly communicable disease in the current nationwide measles outbreak. More than 100 cases were linked to California’s Disneyland outbreak that probably triggered after an infected person from a foreign country visited the fun park in December last year, communicating the disease to the people, especially children, who visited there at that time.