Case of Chicken Pox confirmed at Cassville High School

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Superintendent: Letter, email being sent out to make community aware

A student at Cassville High School has been confirmed to have a case of the Chicken Pox, according to Superintendent Richard Asbill.

Asbill said in such cases, the school must notify the Barry County Health Department, which directs the district on how to prevent any possible outbreak.

“We [have] a letter on social media with information from the Health Department about options and health requirements,” Asbill said. “We will also be sending an email to all students.”

Asbill said classes will continue, and only the high school campus is affected.

The letter, signed by Nurse Elaine Boles and Principal Keith Robertson, says if a child has had fewer than two Chicken Pox vaccines (VXC), the Barry County Health Dept. recommends he or she receive a booster at this time to help reduce the risk of developing Chicken Pox, or at least reduce the severity of the outbreak.

The incubation period for Chicken Pox is 10-21 days from time of exposure until symptoms develop, with the average time frame being 14-16 days. Many children will develop a low grade fever (100 to 102), headache, abdominal discomfort and loss of appetite 2-3 days before the rash appears. The rash starts as flat, red, itchy patches, usually on the abdomen and face first, that soon turn to fluid filled, blister-like vesicles.

The virus is contagious from approximately 2 days before symptoms develop until all vesicles have crusted over, usually in 6-8 days.

If a child develops any of these symptoms, parents should keep the child home from school and take him or her to the doctor to have the diagnosis confirmed. Parents should also contact the school nurse if Chicken Pox is confirmed.

“It is rare for children to come down with Chicken Pox after they have been vaccinated, but it can happen and we want to keep you informed,” the letter said.

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