Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

'Avengers Endgame' Moviegoers Exposed to Measles at Los Angeles Premiere

'Avengers Endgame' Moviegoers Exposed to Measles at Los Angeles Premiere

She is also the first confirmed case of measles to hit Orange County this year.

Everyone who was in the building, not just those at the "Avengers" screening, may have been exposed to the contagious disease.

Avengers: Endgame is now screening in theaters worldwide.

OCHCA confirmed that she is considered infectious between April 23 and May 1.

She is believed to be in her 20s and to have entered the theater at 11 p.m. and didn't leave until 4 a.m.

Officials in Orange County say the woman, who contracted the disease while visiting a foreign country experiencing an outbreak, was present for the film's opening night at a theater in Fullerton. It's unclear if she's vaccinated.

The U.S.is now experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1994, with more than 700 cases confirmed across the nation as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nationwide measles outbreak has expanded to Orange County. The individual is now under voluntary isolation at home.

People with measles can spread the virus before they know they are infected and up to four days before a rash begins to develop.

A sixth case of the measles was reported Tuesday in Los Angeles County a week after health officials declared an outbreak in the county.

Because of the infectious nature of the disease people who have been diagnosed are being put in quarantine or being asked to voluntarily quarantine themselves.

Measles, which is vaccine-preventable, can be serious for all age groups, but is the most unsafe for children under 5 and adults over 70.

"The longer this continues, the greater the chances that measles will again get a foothold in the United States", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the C.D.C.'s director for immunization, said at a news conference, the New York Times reported. 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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