Evo 2019 Attendees May Have Been Exposed to Measles

TJ Denzer,

August 16, 2019 4:36 PM

It would appear that a few cases of measles have been confirmed in the exact time and location as Evo 2019.

Con flu and con crud aren’t exactly a rare occurrence in today’s day and age, but recently confirmed cases of measles could have more serious implications. Evo 2019 attendees who have not been vaccinated may have been at risk during the events of the fighting game tournament.

On Thursday, August 16, 2019, the Southern Nevada Health District put out a warning about a confirmed case of measles. The carrier was a visitor to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay Hotels from August 1 to August 5. Evo 2019 took place August 2 to August 4, so the dates line up alarmingly well. Even so, it is unconfirmed whether or not the patient was attending Evo or simply visiting the Luxor around the same time. The report made no mention of Evo or the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where most of Evo takes place. KSNV News 3 shares further details on the exposure below.

It’s worth noting that Evo often shares the Mandalay Bay space with the Black Hat USA cyber security convention, which hosts technical training from August 3 to August 6. The proximity of the event means that the affected patient could have also been an attendee of Black Hat USA 2019. Either way, due to the contagious nature of measles, Evo attendees and participants may have been put at risk. If you are vaccinated against the measles virus, there shouldn’t be any cause for concern, but those who are uncertain are advised to contact their health care providers and review their immunization statuses to ensure their safety.

“Symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure to the virus,” writes the SNHD. “On average, an infected patient will develop a fever about 10 days after exposure to the virus. The fever can last two to four days and can peak as high as 103 F to 105 F. Following this, people will often also develop a runny nose, cough, and/or red eyes. On average, about 14 days after exposure the telltale rash appears; the rash can last five to six days. It begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, and eventually reaches the hands and feet. Measles can spread approximately four days before the rash appears and four days after.”

Evo staff have not heard any reports of measles among their attendees (as reported by Polygon), but it turns out that in a society where vaccinations are somehow a debate in 2019, we may have a little bit more to worry about than simple con flu. Be safe and sanitary out there, competitors.

[Featured Image by Robert Paul/Evo & Triple Perfect, Inc.]


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