Thousands potentially exposed to measles in Vancouver

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority warns the 20,000 people who attended the Skookum Music Festival last weekend in Vancouver that they may have been exposed to measles because one of the festivalgoers has been declared positive for this highly contagious disease.

The health authority also lists a series of places visited by the patient, including the Noodle Box restaurant in Mount Pleasant, and a street party on Quebec Street, and public transportation at specific times. People who are there are encouraged to be alert to the symptoms of measles being transmitted by air.

“The unfortunate thing about measles is that it can be contagious before people know they’re sick,” says Dr. John Harding, a medical officer of health.

People who are not fully immunized against measles or who have never had the disease are at risk of contracting it and are encouraged to see a doctor.

Dr. John Harding also points out that, like a large majority of people born before 1970, most people who have received two doses of vaccine should have immunity.

On the other hand, he invites those born in British Columbia between 1970 and 1994 or those who grew up outside of BC to be vaccinated again. They may have received only one dose of the vaccine.

Lists of places visited by the patient :

Saturday, September 8th:

  • The Skookum Festival at Stanley Park between 5 pm and 1 am
  • Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street around 3 pm
  • Canada Line between City Center Broadway and City Hall, between 11 pm and 1 am

Sunday September 9th:

  • Outdoor Community Lane Party at 1188 Quebec Street between 1 pm and 3 pm
  • Bus on Main Street between Terminal Station and Broadway between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Monday, September 11th:

  • The Noodle Box Restaurant at 2511 Main Street, between noon and 6 pm

The regulator specifies that the virus can remain in the air 2 hours after an infected person leaves a place.

Symptoms of measles:

  • The first symptoms are fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, drowsiness and irritability.
  • Small white spots may also appear inside the mouth and throat.
  • From three to seven days after the onset of the first symptoms, red patches appear on the face and extend from top to bottom.
  • Most people recover completely from measles after two to three weeks. However, measles can be particularly dangerous for infants and people whose immune systems are weakened.

Source: healthycanadians.gc.ca

In order to accommodate all those who want to be vaccinated, Fraser Health Health Centers will remain open until 7 pm Friday:

  • Abbotsford: 104 – 34194 Marshall Road
  • Burnaby: 300 – 4946 Canada Way
  • Guildford: 100 – 10233, 153rd Street
  • Maple Ridge: 400 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road
  • Tri-Cities: 200 – 205 Newport Drive
  • White Rock: 15476 Vine Avenue

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