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Orange County reports its first measles case of the year

Orange County reports its first measles case of the year

The woman lives in Placentia, California, a city in Northern Orange County, and health officials are warning people that she might have exposed them to measles in the area, the Los Angeles Times reported. The patient is considered infectious between April 23 and May 1, 2019, and is now under voluntary isolation at home, the Health Care Agency said.

The woman in question reportedly contracted the highly contagious virus while overseas, and unknowingly brought it with her to the midnight premier of Avengers Endgame, Marvel's record-shattering blockbuster in Fullerton, California.

Measles cases in the US have surpassed 700 this year, the highest level in the United States since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

The woman, who had just returned from an global trip, didn't know she had the very contagious virus.

AMC movie theater, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, from 11 p.m. April 25 to 4 a.m. April 26.

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Although this is the first case confirmed in Orange County this year, an increase in incidents has been reported across the USA and the globe. She now resides at her home for "voluntary isolation", HuffPost reported. Los Angeles County announced they had six cases on Tuesday.

Measles symptoms include inflamed eyes, a runny nose, and a high fever.

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

Health officials are urging people to vaccinate if they have not done so already.

Avengers: Endgame had the a historic opening at the box office - with $350 million in North America - and people flocked to theaters to see it. Anyone who was in Terminal C during that time may have been exposed to measles, officials say. According to the CDC, one dose of the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, is 93 percent effective at preventing measles, and two doses are about 97 percent effective.