The Los Angeles Times announced a theater full of MCU fans may have been exposed to measles. A woman from Placentia, CA carrying the disease attended an opening night midnight showing of Avengers: Endgame in Fullerton, CA.
Measles are extremely contagious. The virus can linger in a room two to four hours after an infected person has left the area. People can spread the disease for four days before developing the characteristic rash, which means they often don’t realize that they’re sick yet.
People who were at the following locations should monitor themselves for symptoms, and if necessary, double check that their vaccinations are up to date.
- 5 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, between 7:45 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. on April 23, 24 and 25.
- AMC movie theater, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, from 11 p.m. April 25 to 4 a.m. April 26.
- St. Jude Medical Center emergency department, 101 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, from 7 to 9 a.m. April 27.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion CDC) declared measles eradicated in the US in the year 2000. Unfortunately it didn’t stay eradicated. Almost all cases of measles in the US come from people who have travelled to other countrie where the disease is still prevalent. The disease has spread in this country due to people who have neglected to vaccinate themselves or their children. Measles is so contagious it requires a herd immunity of 95% to protect those who are unable to be vaccinated.
“Los Angeles County health officials told more than 1,000 college students and staff members [at UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles] who might have been exposed to measles to stay home this week, in one of the largest quarantine orders in state history. “
If you think you may have been exposed to measles, take no chances. It’s more than just a children’s disease. Measles can lead to blindness, encephalitis, or death.
Measles is an airborne virus, spread by coughing or sneezing. In its earliest stages it can be mistaken for a cold: coughing, sneezing, mild fever. After roughly four days a rash develops and the fever increases. With luck, most people merely experience a few days of discomfort. In more serious cases, as in that odf Roald Dahl‘s daughter, Olivia, the disease can be fatal.
If you attended the opening night midnight showing of Avengers Endgame at the AMC Theater in Fullerton, take all reasonable precautions.