Amtrak’s New Promotion: Free Measles For Everyone

Amtrak passengers who traveled on an Aug. 17 train from Boston to Virginia, which included stops in Connecticut, may have been exposed to measles during a portion of the trip, health officials said Tuesday.

The Northeast Regional train 171, which left from Boston at 8:15 a.m. that day, made five stops in Connecticut: Old Saybrook, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Stamford, Amtrak officials said. It also stopped in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and completed its run in Lynchburg, Va.

Anyone who got off the train before it arrived in Philadelphia need not be concerned, according to the Virginia Department of Health,

Any passengers exposed to the disease may start developing symptoms as late as Sept. 7.

Amtrak personnel said they are contacting all passengers.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with bodily secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual.

Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages — the first typically consists of a fever greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes, and a cough. The second typically begins around the third to seventh day when a rash appears on the face and spreads over the entire body.

A.B. Face rash that spreads to the entire body? Gross.

As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to hate taking the train anywhere, now I have to worry about contracting extinct diseases? What’s next, I’m going to get polio from the Green Line or beubonic plague from the Commuter Rail?

When is the last time you honestly heard the measles come up in conversation?

“Sorry bro I can’t make the party tonight, I have a body & face race, probably the measles again.”

And I call bull$^*t on “Measles is a highly contagious illness.” If it was so contagious wouldn’t it be in the news more than once a century?

Plus, there has to be a lot more disease worthy news coming from trains around the world. After seeing all the videos of people fighting, banging & relieving themselves on trains (mostly via NYC) I’m sure there is at least a daily Hepatits Z or Herpaidsarrhea scare to cover.

The measles are so 19th century…

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