Pikeland School District reports one case of chicken pox
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By BETH ZUMWALT
Parents with students in Pikeland Schools were alerted Friday by the district’s alert text, there was a case of chicken pox reported in the district. This will be the first case of chicken pox in two years in the district.
Carol Kilver, superintendent of the district, would not disclose in which facility the childhood illness was reported, citing privacy for the student and family.
“In the event of a spread or an outbreak, families would be informed of their proximity to the spread,” Kilver said. “Currently, there is one case. Informing and educational information are the strategy for now.”
Effective July 1, 2002, children entering school or day care are required to show proof of vaccinations (or medical or religious exemptions), including chicken pox, although break-through cases are not uncommon.
Those who have been vaccinated and still get chicken pox, symptoms are often milder, with fewer blisters and mild or no fever. Chicken pox is a red, itchy rash that breaks out all over the body, although face, scalp, chest and back are the most common.The rash consists of small fluid-filled blisters. The blisters usually appear 10-21 days after exposure and usually last five to 10 days. Crust and scabs will cover broken blisters and take several more days to heal and may cause scars. It is best to leave the blisters until they dry up on their own. A number of products may help dry the blisters such a calamine lotion.
Fever, loss of appetite, headache and overall tiredness are also symptoms of the disease.
If chickenpox is suspected, consult your doctor. He or she usually can diagnose chickenpox by examining the rash and considering other symptoms. Your doctor can also prescribe medications to lessen the severity of chickenpox and treat complications, if necessary. To avoid infecting others in the waiting room, call ahead for an appointment and mention that you think you or your child may have chickenpox. Cases of chicken pox can be severe, especially in adults.