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Possible Measles exposure on Amtrak train

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There is concern about possible measles expose on an Amtrak train. Passengers on one of Amtrak's regional trains may have been exposed to the disease.

State health leaders say it comes from someone from another country who is visiting Northern Virginia; the disease is more common in other parts of the world.

The visitor took an Amtrak train and now everyone on board could be at risk for the disease.

A health department spokesperson says the train is Northeast Regional train number 171.

The visitor got on it in Philadelphia last Wednesday. It then made stops in Maryland, Washington D.C. and parts of Virginia, ending in Lynchburg.

The health department says if you could have been exposed, you should check your vaccination status because measles is highly contagious. It is spread through coughing and sneezing and by contact with an infected person.

Early symptoms include fever and cough, and a rash comes later.

The health department says symptoms from this exposure could develop as late as September seventh. If you think you've been exposed, go see your doctor.

The visitor contracted measles abroad and only showed symptoms once in the U.S. The health department says the person is an adult and is doing fine in self-isolation in Northern Virginia.

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