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‘Avengers: Endgame’ crowd may have been exposed to measles, California health officials warn

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Health officials in Orange County, California, are warning moviegoers that they could have been exposed to measles last week after a woman who went to a viewing of “Avengers: Endgame” reported having been diagnosed with measles.

According to a local NBC affiliate, the woman was diagnosed with the virus shortly after she attended a late-night showing of the blockbuster film last week at an AMC theater in Fullerton.

{mosads}The woman reportedly contracted the virus during a recent trip abroad. She had since been placed under quarantine, the outlet reported, and was considered infectious from April 23 to May 1.

Carlee Greer-McNeill, an employee at the theater, said she was shocked to hear about the possible measles exposure given the high volume of moviegoers the theater saw last week for the film’s release.

“The last place I would ever expect it was at my job. I wasn’t even expecting Orange County,” Greer-McNeill said. 

“People, if you know you have the measles, please don’t come to a movie theater, let alone a public place,” she added.

Officials have also warned moviegoers who believe they may have been exposed to the virus to contact their physician by phone before entering a medical office, according to the station.

The report comes a month after the University of California, Davis, Children’s Hospital warned at least 200 patients that they could have been exposed to measles after a young girl arrived in the emergency room with symptoms of the highly contagious virus. 

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month found that there were more cases of measles in the first three months of this year than in all of 2018.

The measles outbreak comes amid a proliferation of misinformation about vaccines online and an uptick in anti-vaccine activism across the country.

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