Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

‘Avengers’ Moviegoers In California May Have Been Exposed To Measles

‘Avengers’ Moviegoers In California May Have Been Exposed To Measles

The woman had recently traveled to a foreign country with an outbreak of the disease, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

California health officials say a woman unknowingly infected with the measles went to the movies on the night of April 25. 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.

AMC Fullerton employee Carlee Greer-McNeill was shocked to learn about the incident.

A sixth case of the measles was reported Tuesday in Los Angeles County a week after health officials declared an outbreak in the county. She visited many other public places - including Los Angeles International Airport - over a period of four days before she went into voluntary quarantine.

The warning comes amid several major measles outbreaks nationwide and the highest number of measles cases across the nation in more than two decades.

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They also were potentially exposed to the measles.

The woman attended a midnight screening of the "Avengers" blockbuster at the AMC Dine-In Fullerton 20 on Thursday from 11 p.m.to 4 a.m, the Orange County Health Care Agency said.

In California, 14 of 38 people with measles this year became sick while visiting other countries, including India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Ukraine, according to state health officials.

The woman reportedly caught the disease while traveling overseas in a country experiencing an outbreak. "'The MMR vaccine is a simple, low-cost and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus'". Local residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Since the start of this year, more than 700 individual cases of the real-life Big Bad have been confirmed in 22 states-including California. "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".

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