RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A local college has confirmed one case of measles in one of their students.
RPI's Medical Director Dr. Leslie Lawrence, posted an alert to the school's website on Saturday afternoon, confirming the case of measles.
Dr. Lawrence said that the student is currently undergoing medical care and appears to be in stable condition.
All students should be immune, except those who completed a medical or religious waiver form. Only 10 such students are at RPI, and they have already been individually notified of their increased risk.
The student who
has been confirmed to have the measles signed such a waiver,
and has not been vaccinated.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease which spreads in the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Those who have not been vaccinated should be aware of the symptoms of measles which include a blotchy rash all over the body, fever, runny nose, cough, pink eye, feeling run down, and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth.
The best defense against measles is to receive two MMR immunizations which also helps avoid mumps and rubella.
Any student, staff, or faculty member at RPI can contact the Health Center at 518-276-6287 if there are any questions or concerns.