Viewers at 'Avengers: Endgame' screening may have been subjected to the measles


Last week, more than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home after county officials declared a measles outbreak, according to the Associated Press.

Move over, Thanos: Midnight moviegoers in Orange County, Calif., may have been exposed to measles during the opening night showing of Avengers: Endgame.

Measles can also cause pneumonia and swelling of the brain, the DOH says.

The CDC reported that over 500 of the 704 reported measles cases were in patients who hadn't been vaccinated. April 25 from 11 p.m. - April 26 at 4 a.m.

"As of April 24, the most recent report by the CDC, 38 confirmed measles cases, including 28 outbreak-associated cases, have been reported in the Golden State", Mercury News notes. Prior to attending the movie, the woman also spent several days at work before realizing she was ill. Health officials believe she was infectious from April 23 to May 1 before learning she was sick. Most people recover, but measles can lead to pneumonia, brain swelling and even death in some cases.

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One of the places exposed was the Pittsburgh International Airport, a representative of the Allegheny County Health Department said during a press conference Thursday.

The person was potentially contagious beginning April 25, and exposures may have occurred from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Giant Eagle Market District, 5550 Centre Ave., and from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Friday at the Aldi store at 5631 Baum Blvd. People are encouraged to be up-to-date with their vaccinations. Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots.

The disease is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. "'The MMR vaccine is a simple, low-priced and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus'".

The woman, who lives in Placentia, contracted the illness while traveling overseas, KTLA reported.