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Letter from superintendent regarding confirmed cases of chickenpox at secondary schools

Jan. 25, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Three confirmed cases of chickenpox (varicella zoster) have been reported in the Stillwater Middle School/High School health office. Your child may have been exposed to this illness. If you suspect that your child has chickenpox, please keep your child home and call your family physician for guidance.

Symptoms of chickenpox include:

  • Slight fever
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Possible stomach ache or headache
  • Itchy, blistered rash that first appears on the trunk (stomach and back) and spreads to the face, arms and legs. The rash could appear to be small water blisters.
 

In a day or two, the rash will form crusts that will remain for a few days. As the blisters spread, some will be healing as new ones appear. Your child needs to remain home from school until all the blisters are crusted over (your child is contagious until that time).

Chickenpox is spread by contact with a person who has the illness, by inhalation of germs and also from the weeping lesions, which typically first appear 14 to 16 days after exposure. A child with chickenpox is contagious one day before and five days after he or she has broken out with blisters.

For more information on chickenpox, please visit the New York State Department of Health's website at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/chickenpox/fact_sheet.htm.

Sincerely,

Dr. Stanley Maziejka
Superintendent of Schools

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