- Yuga Labs has confirmed that UV-A lighting is the probable cause of health issues reported by ApeFest attendees.
- The BAYC investigation, with Jack Morton Worldwide, highlighted the likely impact of UV-A lights used at the Hong Kong event.
- The team behind the NFT project urges participants to seek medical consultation if they are experiencing post-exposure symptoms.
Yuga Labs, the NFT powerhouse behind Bored Ape Yacht Club, has acknowledged that UV-A lighting was likely responsible for the participants' eye and skin issues following their ApeFest event in Hong Kong.
The festivity, designed exclusively for holders of Bored and Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFTs, became a cause for concern when, on November 5th, several attendees started experiencing vision and skin problems.
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An inquiry with event organizers Jack Morton Worldwide revealed that UV-A emitting lights at the venue are suspected to be the origin of these health issues. Despite the wide use of UVA lights, ranging from tanning beds to nightclub effects, BAYC has not disclosed the specific details of the fixtures used at ApeFest.
UV radiation, predominantly comprising UVA light, poses risks that are well-documented by organizations like the World Health Organization and the United States National Eye Institute, emphasizing the potential for increased eye-related problems.
In response to the incident, Yuga Labs has urged affected individuals to seek medical advice and inform healthcare providers of their exposure to UVA lights. Additionally, they have extended an invitation for affected individuals to contact them directly. However, there have been reports of difficulty in reaching out via direct messaging on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Yuga Labs has expressed regret over the unfortunate overshadowing of ApeFest's experience due to the incident. The company's current focus is on aiding the recovery of those affected, ensuring the well-being of their community members.