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Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Original post made on Apr 10, 2019

Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:18 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

If you're vaccinated, you have nothing to worry about, right? Not vaccinating your children is child abuse.


2 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 10, 2019 at 11:56 am

Yet another endorsement of public transit. I hear enough BART horror stories.


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Posted by We're all in this together.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

We're all in this together. is a registered user.

Please vaccinate! The misinformation on vaccines that has been disseminated by social media and the some web sites has led many parents to make poor choices for their children. All info sources are not equal. Check your sources carefully when making health care decisions.

Not vaccinating is simply irresponsible unless you have some illness that contraindicates vaccination. Your doctor can advise you whether your child falls into this category.

If your child is not yet vaccinated, make a doctor appointment today and work with a medical professional to get informed advice that is specific to your child's needs.

Get on this, people. This third world problem is reemerging in our area. If your child is not vaccinated, s/he is vulnerable. Be responsible and take actin to keep your child safe from this terrible illness.


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Posted by We're all in this together.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:34 pm

We're all in this together. is a registered user.

To Musical...re: your comment on public transit. How ridiculous. Public transit is no worse than using other public facilities: libraries, coffee shops, stores,etc. Are you going to avoid all public places?

I ride public transit. It is safer that riding in a car. Look at national death/injury statistics (or regional death/injury stats) and you will quickly understand that public transit is MUCH safer than driving.

Just another example of internet misinformation. Check your sources.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

Reading the papers on this topic both on the east coast and west coast these individuals despite being sick have a travel schedule that covers more bases in one day than I would do in a week. These people are traveling in all major population areas on a rapid fire schedule covering a lot of ground and locations in one day. How can you do that if sick? And the person knows he/she is sick. It is amazing how these individuals are covering a lot of bases including some in PA.


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Posted by Jimmy Jim Jam
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

@Resident 1, To answer the above question simply, with measles an individual can be very contagious early on but not have any symptoms. That's how.


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Posted by Just a thought
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm

We’ve lost all common sense.
In *some* cases, these are [portion removed] immigrants or overseas travelers bringing highly contagious illnesses into this country.
I think we have a right to screen for such illnesses and refuse entry.
At minimum, a question can be asked: are you vaccinated....do you feel ill....and etc.
This is a public health issue for our country, but political correctness is run amok (see Santa Clara County). I refer to prioritizing the “rights” of violent offenders who are illegal aliens upon release over public safety/contacting ICE, as local law enforcement recommends.
Our “leaders” - county politicians - deem any and every aspect of an illegal alien’s situation to have priority over US citizens/legal residents. It’s outrageous.


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Posted by viva vaccinations
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm

> In *some* cases, these are illegal immigrants or overseas travelers bringing highly contagious illnesses into this country.

Ever see the vaccination rate for Mexico? Annual measles deaths in Mexico? Look it up.

Without any data to support your baseless fears, your post has "lost all common sense."


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Posted by bemused
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Can anyone tell me why those born before 1957 do not have to be concerned?

Also, given that the vaccine is not 100% effective, shouldn't everyone heed this warning? It seems like with something so contagious, even with herd immunity, it'd be best to be on the safe side. 3 out of 100 vaccinated people will get measles when exposed and then be able to spread it.

Finally, I had measles as a child. What is the effectiveness of natural immunity? Is there any chance I could contract it again?


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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:21 pm

eileen is a registered user.

@bemused, Most people born before 1957 are thought to have been infected naturally with the virus through measles outbreaks. As a result, these people are very likely to have had measles disease. Surveys suggest that 95% to 98% of those born before 1957 are immune to measles. Persons born before 1957 can be presumed to be immune.


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Posted by A Shot In The Dark
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm

> Yet another endorsement of public transit. I hear enough BART horror stories.

I never wear good clothes if riding public transit...the seats can be poopy.

> Public transit is no worse than using other public facilities: libraries, coffee shops, stores, etc.

Public library restrooms are frequented by the homeless & can be very dirty depending on the locale.

> In *some* cases, these are illegal immigrants or overseas travelers bringing highly contagious illnesses into this country.

> I think we have a right to screen for such illnesses and refuse entry.

Quarantine might be helpful depending on the vaccination rates in specific countries...Africa, Indonesia & India have the lowest vaccination rates.


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Posted by John
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 10, 2019 at 10:31 pm

The timing of the Caltrain trips on April 1 and 3 seems odd. Why did the individual go up and return within 15 minutes of arriving?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 10, 2019 at 10:57 pm

@A Shot..., on VTA buses I often watch riders lay open newspaper on the seat before sitting.
Countless times I've seen people barf on Caltrain coming home late from SF.
-- and guaranteed every time after New Years Eve fireworks.
Our University Avenue station is a magnet for Palo Alto drug arrests.
Frequent ranting derelicts on BART any time of the day. Avoid 16th & Mission.

Public transit is fine as long as you know what to expect. I just don't use it in mixed company.

@John, maybe just killing time or finding a comfortable place to sleep.


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Posted by Busses Are OK For Some Folks
a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

They should remove the cloth inner section of the bus seats & replace them with a material that doesn't absorb barf, poop & urine mishaps.

I feel so dirty when having to ride public transportation which is rarely thank goodness. Like would you give a ride to a grungy stranger in your nice clean car?

Probably not.


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Posted by Not Afraid of Measles
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm

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Posted by @Not Afraid of Measles (Really?)
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:28 pm

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