‘Avengers: Endgame’ midnight showing crowd in California may have been exposed to measles
"Avengers: Endgame" viewers in Fullerton, Calif., may have been exposed to measles during a midnight premiere showing. (Photo: MARVEL STUDIOS)
“Avengers: Endgame” movie-goers in California may have been exposed to measles, the Orange County Health Care Agency warns.
A woman in her 20s, now confirmed to have measles, attended a late night screening of the final “Avengers” installment last Thursday, according to CNN and a local CBS affiliate. Anyone present at the AMC movie theater in Fullerton, Calif., between 11 p.m. April 25 and 4 a.m. April 26 could have been exposed, per a press release from OCHCA.
The agency also said in a press release they’ve been working with the AMC location, among other facilities the woman visited, to contact people who may have been exposed. The organization recommends those at risk of exposure speak with a health care provider to make sure they’ve been vaccinated and be on the lookout for a “fever and/or unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the OCHCA for further comment.
Measles cases in the U.S. reached over 700 in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday, the highest mark in 25 years and a disappointment for health officials who declared the disease eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.
It is the highest total of U.S. measles cases since 1994; the previous highest total since 2000 was 667 cases in 2014. At no other point in this century did the amount climb above 400.
This year’s surge in cases largely is among unvaccinated people in New York City, suburban Rockland County, New York, and Washington state.
Contributing: Ken Alltucker
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