Measles Outbreak 2019: 'Avengers: Endgame' Moviegoers Possibly Exposed

Henrietta Brewer
May 3, 2019

California public health officials are warning moviegoers who went to see "Avengers: Endgame" and other films at an Orange County movie theater last Thursday that they may have been exposed to measles by a woman in the audience. She found out she was sick a couple of days later.

The woman, who has remained unnamed, was reportedly at the theater from 11 4 a.m.

The woman also went to work for several days and visited a hospital emergency room while possibly contagious, The Orange County Register reported.

An Allegheny County resident - an unvaccinated adult who recently traveled overseas - was treated for measles Monday in UPMC Shadyside's emergency room and is recovering at home.

Allegheny County health officials have confirmed four cases of measles in the county, classifying the cases as an outbreak of the disease.

Measles cases in the United States have surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000.

She joins 704 cases confirmed across 22 states in 2019. Some publications have reported that if you were born before 1989, it might be in your best interest to get a measles booster shot if you want to feel more secure, because the guidelines from '89 onward were for two doses, which gives you a 97% chance of being protected against measles.

"'Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes, '" said Orange County interim health officer Dr. Nichole Quick in a statement.

Complications can include ear infections leading to permanent hearing loss, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death, the CDC reports.

Most people recover, but measles can lead to pneumonia, brain swelling and even death in some cases.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years.

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