Vancouver Coastal Health issues measles warning to Skookum festival goers

Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who went to the Skookum Festival, visited Noodlebox Mount Pleasant or the Outdoor Community Block Party, or used public transit in Vancouver at specific times, about a possible measles exposure.

Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who the attended Skookum music festival, an event that attracted 50,000 people to Stanley Park on the weekend, about a possible measles exposure.

An individual who attended the festival on Saturday, as well as other events and locations in Vancouver over the past week, has been confirmed to have measles, therefore potentially having exposed others.

Health officials are advising members of the public who were at any of the following locations during the times listed below, and have not been fully immunized with two doses of a measles vaccine (such as MMR), nor have had measles disease in the past, to see a doctor immediately:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Skookum Festival, Stanley Park, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street, approximate trip start was 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Canada Line SkyTrain from Vancouver City Centre to Broadway-City Hall Station, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Outdoor Community Block Party at 1188 Quebec Street, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway, 3 p.m.  to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Noodlebox Mount Pleasant (2511 Main Street) – Noon to 6 p.m.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that is spread through the air. People who are not fully immunized against measles or who have never had the disease are at risk of contracting the disease.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

Vancouver Coastal Health says most people in B.C. are immune to measles because they’ve had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or they’ve had the illness in the past.

“If you were born before Jan. 1, 1970, you are likely to be immune. If you were born between 1970 and 1994, or grew up outside of B.C., you may have received only one dose of the MMR vaccine and require a second dose to be fully protected,” the VCH said in a release.

Anyone who may have contracted measles from this exposure would begin developing symptoms  between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29.

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