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VCH Issues Measles Warning For Skookum Festival Attendees


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Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a measles warning for anyone who may have been at the Skookum music festival at Stanley Park.

An individual who attended the weekend festival as well as other locations has been confirmed to have measles.

As a result, they may exposed others to the disease.

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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.

If you were at any of the locations during the times listed below, and you have not been fully immunized with two doses of a measles vaccine (such as MMR), nor have had measles disease in the past, health officials advise you should see your doctor immediately. If you think you have been exposed and are not immune to measles, you should get immunized within six days of exposure to prevent getting the disease.

The times and locations mentioned by VCH include:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Skookum Festival, Stanley Park, 5 p.m. – 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. – 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Outdoor Community Block Party at 1188 Quebec Street, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Noodlebox Mount Pleasant (2511 Main Street) – Noon – 6 p.m.


Measles Symptoms

Symptoms of measles 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 that anyone who may have contracted measles from this exposure on the dates listed above would begin developing these symptoms between September 15th and September 29th.

People with symptoms should also report their illness to VCH Public Health (604-675-3900).


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