Chicken pox shows up at middle school
June 18, 2013
Pacific Cascade Middle School has confirmed two cases of chicken pox at the school.
Chicken pox is a viral illness characterized by fever, fatigue and small blisters, which disappear after a few days and leave small scabs. The virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air or by touching contaminated items.
Children can get a light case of chicken pox even if they’ve received a varicella vaccine, the school said in an email. The vaccine is available and recommended for most children who are at least 1 year old and have not had chicken pox.
Health care providers can recommend treatment for the virus, and Seattle Children’s offers information about it online at http://bit.ly/11fhpqo.