Measles Outbreak Reaches Pennsylvania, Possible Exposure In New Jersey, Health Officials Warn

Phillip Cunningham
Мая 4, 2019

The measles patient, a Placentia resident in her 20s, was diagnosed after a recent trip overseas to a country "experiencing widespread measles activity", the O.C. Health Care Agency said in a news release.

The woman who went to the massively attended Avengers film before she realised she had the measles was the first reported case of the viral infection in that California county, but as of the end of April, measles had been reported in 11 counties in the state. The department said the person was there between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., which means there was potential exposure window was from 2:00 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

In the US, there have been more than 700 measles cases reported in 22 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Presumably unaware of her condition, the woman appears to have gone to work in Santa Anna for three days, before attending the April 26 midnight screening of Avengers in Fullerton.

Officials alerted residents on Tuesday of possible measles exposure sites after confirming the first case of measles among Orange County residents this year. She visited many other public places - including Los Angeles International Airport - over a period of four days before she went into voluntary quarantine.

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The United States is now going through its worst measles outbreak since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The incident in Fullerton is part of a measles outbreak that has resulted in more than 700 cases across the country this year.

"Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes", said Orange County interim health officer Dr. Nichole Quick in a statement.

Moviegoers seeing "Avengers: Endgame" may have also been exposed to the measles virus. Local residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations. Of course, the MMR vaccine is the simplest most effective measure to prevent it.

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