VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has issued a warning about a possible measles exposure after a person with the disease attended a festival and multiple locations across the city.
“Measles is highly infectious, is spread through the air, and people who are not fully immunized against measles or who have never had the disease are at risk of contracting it,” said Tiffany Akins with VCH.
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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.
If you were at any of the locations listed below and have not been immunized with two doses of a measles vaccine nor have had measles before, you should contact a doctor immediately.
- Skookum Festival, Stanley Park (Sept. 8 between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.)
- Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street (Sept. 8 around 3 p.m.)
- Canada Line SkyTrain from Vancouver City Centre to Broadway City Hall (Sept. 8 between 11 pm. and 1 a.m.)
- Outdoor Community Block Party (Sept. 9 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
- Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway (Sept. 9 between 3 pm. and 5 p.m.)
- Noodlebox Mount Pleasant (Sept. 11 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
“Most people in B.C. are immune to measles because they’ve had two doses of the vaccine or they’ve had the illness in the past,” she said. “But, if you were born between 1970 and 1994, or you grew up outside of B.C., you may have received only one dose of the vaccine and so you would require a second dose to be fully protected.”
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According to VCH, anyone who may have contracted measles from the places listed above would begin developing the symptoms between September 15 and September 29.
“Complications from the measles can include inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), convulsions (seizures), deafness, brain damage, and death,” read the release.
Infants under one year of age or adults with other health concerns may have more severe complications, said VCH.
-With files from Hana Mae Nassar