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Warning Issued For Possible Measles Exposure For LIRR Riders As New Case Confirmed

The LIRR Hempstead Station is one of the possible measles exposure sites.
The LIRR Hempstead Station is one of the possible measles exposure sites. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A warning has been issued for possible measles exposure for Long Island Railroad riders as a second case of the disease has been confirmed in an adult.

The Nassau County Department of Health confirmed the second case on Thursday, Sept. 19, and said it was working to determine the potential exposure to the public.

Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. You can catch it just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed. People usually develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose, and watery eyes, followed by a rash. 

A look at measles symptoms.

CDC

The department said that the infected person rode the LIRR on several occasions and listed the following locations as possible exposure sites:

Wednesday, Sept. 11: 

  • LIRR -- Mineola Station to New York Penn Station between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.
  • LIRR -- New York Penn Station to LIRR, Mineola Station between the hours of 11:15 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12:

  • LIRR -- Mineola Station to New York Penn Station between the hours of 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • LIRR -- New York Penn Station to LIRR Mineola Station between the hours of 6:30  to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14:

Noches de Columbia Restaurant, 204 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • MTA shuttle from LIRR, Mineola Station to LIRR, Hempstead station between the hours of 2:30 to 5  p.m.
  • LIRR -- Hempstead Station to LIRR, Jamaica Station between the hours of 3 to 6 p.m.
  • LIRR -- Jamaica Station to New York Penn Station between the hours of 3:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • LIRR --  New York Penn Station to LIRR, Hempstead Station between the hours of 10:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
  • MTA shuttle from LIRR, Hempstead Station to LIRR, Mineola Station between the hours 12:15 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

These times reflect the period that the infected individual was in the identified areas and a two-hour period after they left those areas because the virus remains alive in air and on surfaces for up to two hours. 

For additional information about measles, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170/.

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