Evo 2019 attendees may have been exposed to measles

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Fans and competitors at Evo 2019, where we enjoyed watching the rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan Ash earlier this month, may have been exposed to measles. The good news is that there are currently no cases of infection reported.

Evo 2019 ran from August 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay resort: The Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the first two days, and the Events Center for the finale. From August 1-6, according to a bulletin posted by the Southern Nevada Health District, someone with a confirmed case of measles was also present at various Mandalay Bay locations, as well as the Luxor Hotel, where pre-Evo warmups and other related events were held.

"Because measles can be highly contagious, the Health District is advising people who may have been exposed to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles or have not already had the disease," the Southern Nevada Health District warned. "This measles case was reported in a visitor. There have been no additional cases reported in Clark County residents."

The announcement warns that symptoms can take up to 21 days to present, so even though Evo was a couple of weeks ago, the risk has not yet passed. The measles rash generally appears roughly 14 days after exposure, starting at the hairline, and can last five to six days. The disease can cause serious infections leading to pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and death; young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to complications.

All that said, there's no indication in the announcement of additional cases or a direct connection to Evo, and an Evo rep told Polygon that they're not aware of any attendees being affected, although they're still in the process of confirming. I've reached out for more information and will update if I receive a reply—in the meantime, if you haven't yet had your MMR vaccine and you're able to get one, get your MMR vaccine.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.