Health Department and Chicken Pox Outbreak


A CHICKEN POX OUTBREAK IN ONE VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL HAS THE COUNTY HEALTH BOARD ON ALERT. FOR THE LATEST ON HOW THE COUNTY AND SCHOOL CORPORATION ARE DEALING WITH IT… NEWS 10’S MATT GREGORY JOINS US. MATT? ” IT’S A STORY WE BROUGHT TO YOU EARLIER TODAY, JUST THIS AFTERNOON, THE VIGO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE FARRINGTON GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS EXPERIENCING A CHICKEN POX OUTBREAK. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DECLARES ANY CASE FOR CHICKEN POX WITH 5 OR MORE CHILDREN AFFECTED TO BE AN OUTBREAK. NOW MOVING FORWARD THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE SCHOOL CORPORATION ARE WORKING TO CLEAR THE SCHOOL OF THE PROBLEM. IN THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING THIS EVENING, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPANDED THEIR APPROACH TO DEALING WITH THE VIRUS. THIS WEEK THEY WILL BEGIN FINDING OUT WHICH STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT THE SCHOOL HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED AND WHICH HAVE NOT. THEY WILL THEN SEND HOME CONSENT FORMS TO PARENTS TO GET THE CHILDREN VACCINATED THAT NEED TO BE. FROM HERE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD SCHOOL BASED CLINICS IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING TO ACCOMMODATE PARENTS SCHEDULES. THE SCHEDULE FOR HOW THE PROCESS WORKS WILL BE COMING OUT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL CORPORATION FIGURE OUT THE DETAILS. HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY PARENTS SHOULD NOT TAKE THE CHICKEN POX LIGHTLY. “CHICKEN POX IS A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. IT’S WHAT WE CALL AN AIR AND SURFACE ATTACKER AND IS PASSED PERSON TO PERSON. IT CAN CAUSE A HIGH FEVER, VERY SICK, MISSING SCHOOL, MISSING WORK. IT CAN CAUSE HOSPITALIZATION AND IT HAS EVEN BEEN DOCUMENTED TO CAUSE DEATH.” THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL CORPORATION BOTH HAVE SAID THAT IF A CHILD OR PARENT REFUSES TO GET THE CHILD PROPERLY VACCINATED, THEY WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL FOR AN ENTIRE INCUBATION CYCLE… WHICH THEY SAY IS ABOUT 21 DAYS. BACK TO YOU. ” TO STAY UPDATED ON THE SCHOOL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S DECISIONS GOING FORWARD.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE WTHITV.COM [B4]MENINGITIS UPDATE-VO NEW INFORMATION OUT TODAY SHOWS

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