WALTON, KY (WKRC) – The Northern Kentucky Health Department says an outbreak of chickenpox at a Walton school has so far expanded to 32 students.
The outbreak occurred at the Academy of the Holy Duchess of the Assumption. The health department said the majority of affected students were not fully immunized. The health department is addressing the community so that anyone who has not been vaccinated against chickenpox can get their vaccines.
"Although we have been working with the school since February to contain the disease, the health department has recently experienced a worrying increase. The number of infected students at the school has led us to take further control measures at the school and the public Point out that chickenpox can be in the community, "said Dr. Lynne Saddler, health director of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
Chickenpox or varicella is a disease that causes a blistering rash, fever, fatigue, and itching It can last anywhere from five to seven days and can easily be transmitted from person to person. [1
School activities have been discontinued and postponed to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus. Students who do not have a vaccination certificate are not allowed to attend school until three weeks after the onset of symptoms with the last affected student or employee.