A Placentia woman in her 20s who went to see Avengers: Endgame during the opening weekend is the first confirmed case of measles in Orange County in 2019, health officials announced Tuesday, April 30.
The Orange County Health Care agency advised people of potential exposure locations, including the AMC Theater on Lemon Street in Fullerton, between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. April 25, at a showing of Avengers.
However, spokeswoman Jessica Good said the exposure risk applies to anyone who was at the theater during that time period.
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Other exposure sites include St. Jude Emergency Department in Fullerton, between 7 and 9 a.m. April 27 and 5 Hutton Centre Drive in Santa Ana, between 7 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. each day April 23 to 25.
According to health officials, the Placentia resident recently traveled overseas and is considered infectious through Wednesday, May 1. She is under voluntary isolation at home, health officials said.
The Health Care Agency said it has been attempting to reach people who may have been exposed, particularly those at high risk including infants, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
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Health officials are asking those who think they may have been exposed to review their vaccination history, especially if they havent had measles.
Initial symptoms of measles include high fever, runny nose, cough and inflamed eyes. Those who suspect exposure are asked to monitor themselves for illness with fever and an unexplained rash from seven to 21 days after the exposure.
Officials Confirm 1st Measles Case This Year in O.C.; Exposure Sites Include Movie Theater, ER in Fullerton
Anyone with concerns about potential exposure is asked to call the HCA Health Referral Line at 800-564-8448.
If you went to a showing of Avengers:Endgame last Thursday/Friday in Southern California, read on, theres a list of showings that authorities say *may have been* exposure sites for measles.
That person was treated at the UPMC Shadyside emergency room Monday and is now recovering at home, officials said, adding that patients and staff in the hospital at the time have been notified about possible exposure.
First Measles Case Of 2019 Confirmed In Orange County
The LA Times reports that Orange County officials say a woman with measles may have exposed others in the region to the contagious disease, including people who were at a midnight showing of “Avengers: Endgame” in Fullerton late Thursday/early Friday.
Almost all cases of measles in the U.S. begin with people who traveled to countries where measles is prevalent.
Health officials confirm first case of measles in Orange County for 2019
The latest measles outbreak in L.A. County this year began when an area resident visited Vietnam earlier in 2019 and contracted measles, officials say.
Anyone who visited those locations and is susceptible to measles or is showing symptoms of measles should immediately contact their primary care provider, health officials said.
The patient, the first to come down with measles this year in the county, lives in Placentia and contracted the illness when she traveled to a country with an outbreak, officials said. They did not say whether she had been vaccinated against measles.
Avengers: Endgame Crowd Possibly Exposed to Measles in Calif.
This patient appears to have gone to work for a few days and seen a movie — likely the opening night midnight showing of Avengers: Endgame in Fullerton — before realizing she was sick.
The warning comes amid several major measles outbreaks nationwide and the highest number of measles cases across the nation in more than two decades. Officials in L.A. County declared an outbreak last week.
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. The MMR vaccine is a simple, inexpensive and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus.
Measles spreads through coughing and sneezing, but the virus can linger in the air for two hours after the sick person leaves the room, still infectious.
Officials say people who were at the following locations should review their vaccination history and also monitor themselves for measles symptoms:
• St. Jude Medical Center emergency department, 101 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, from 7 to 9 a.m. April 27.
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