‘Avengers’ moviegoers in California may have been exposed to measles

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The Orange County Health Care agency is now warning people throughout the area that they could have been exposed, especially those who were present at the AMC Theater on Lemon Street on April 25 between 11pm and 4am. Officials did not say whether the woman had been vaccinated for measles.

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.

An unidentified woman who contracted measles overseas when to a screening of the "Avengers: Endgame" last Thursday in California and potentially exposed hundreds of people to the virus.

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".

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April saw approximately 1,000 students and staff members from two Los Angeles universities be quarantined at home or on campus from a possible measles outbreak.

The woman, who had just returned from an global trip, didn't know she had the very contagious virus.

The measles case is the first confirmed in Orange County in 2019.

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Avengers: Endgame had the a historic opening at the box office - with $350 million in North America - and people flocked to theaters to see it. Those who have not had measles or the preventive vaccine are at higher risk after an exposure, and should talk with a health care provider about receiving a Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

The problems in L.A. County began when a resident visited Vietnam earlier this year and contracted measles, officials said.

The disease is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Ninety percent of people exposed to the virus - i.e., being in the same room as a measles patient within two hours of them being there - will catch it if they haven't been vaccinated.

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