RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A local college has confirmed one case of measles in one of their students.
R.P.I'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. However, she did state that 15 students on the campus have not received their measles vaccination due to medical or religious reasons. Before attending R.P.I. the students who were not vaccinated did sign a waiver form,
Those students have been notified of their increased risk of measles.
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 symptom of measles which include a blotchy rash all over the body, fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis (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 R.P.I. can contact the Health Center at 518-276-6287 if there re any questions or concerns.