Measles outbreak: "Avengers: Endgame" moviegoers in California potentially exposed to measles

Kenny Tucker
May 4, 2019

Gizmodo says that California is among the states hit hardest by the recent measles outbreak, with the CDC confirming 38 cases of measles in California as of April 24. The department said the person was there between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., which means there was potential exposure window was from 2:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

A California woman with the measles may have exposed others to the disease while attending a midnight showing of Avengers: Endgame.

AMC Fullerton employee Carlee Greer-McNeill told NBC with exasperation: "People, if you know you have the measles, please don't come to a movie theater, let alone a public place". Los Angeles country officials officially declared a measles outbreak last week. It's not known which one she went to.

An increase in measles cases has been reported throughout the United States. People with measles can spread the virus before they know they are infected and up to four days before a rash begins to develop. April 25 from 11 p.m. - April 26 at 4 a.m.

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The patient is now under voluntary isolation inside her home, authorities said.

The woman reportedly lives in Placentia and returned to the US from a trip to Vietnam, where there is also a widespread measles outbreak, according to The Huffington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 704 cases of measles across the country, making this the nation's worst year for the disease since 1994. "It spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person, and is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears".

Anyone who visited those spots around those time periods should review their vaccination history and monitor themselves for symptoms, which include fever, cough, a runny nose and red eyes. According to the CDC, one dose of the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, is 93 percent effective at preventing measles, and two doses are about 97 percent effective.

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