Not exactly a resume builder, but a LinkedIn employee with undiagnosed measles may have exposed metro riders on the San Francisco BART system. The person is not being named for privacy concerns, and public officials are unsure how the person even became infected.
What is known is the person used the BART system during rush hour times, morning and afternoon, on February 4-6. The infected person also visited a restaurant on February 4.
“Measles is circulating in the Bay Area and we don’t know yet where this person was exposed,” said Erika Jenssen, communicable disease program chief with Contra Costa Public Health, in a statement. “The ongoing measles outbreak in California highlights the need for people to be vaccinated, and this is just another example of how interconnected our region is and how important it is for everyone to be up to date on their immunizations.”
Measles is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air via coughing or sneezing. It can remain viable in the air for up to two hours. Basically, the whole situation is a public health officials worst nightmare.
People that traveled through the system during the times listed are especially at risk if they have not been vaccinated. What does that mean? Get vaccinated. It can’t be said any simpler than that.
Officials are concerned for travelers using BART between the Lafayette and Montgomery stations between 6 and 8am local time. Riders during the 7 and 9pm timeframe should also be aware of the situation.
The most at risk are unvaccinated individuals with suppressed immune systems, pregnant women and people diagnosed with HIV. The easiest ways for others to mitigate any risk is to be vaccinated.
With the measles outbreak, a variety of publications have looked into the appallingly low vaccination rates at start-up companies. A Wired investigation found that daycare facilities at prominent Silicon Valley companies are too low to confer ‘herd immunity.’
LinkedIn is cooperating with the local health authorities and released a statement to the public.
“On Tuesday, Feb. 10, we were informed that an employee based in our San Francisco office was diagnosed with measles. We are working very closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and following their recommended protocol for managing this situation,” said Hani Durzy, director of LinkedIn’s corporate communications, in a statement on Wednesday. “The health and well-being of our employees is our absolute top priority, and we will take whatever steps are advised to ensure their safety and the safety of the general public.”
Who knows, maybe the next ‘connections email’ you receive will have your coworker getting the vaccine.