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Doctors say Asheville at risk for chickenpox to spread



Pediatrician Brigitte Fogleman is urging parents to give their children the chickenpox vaccine. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

An outbreak of chickenpox is spreading in Asheville, according to a report from the Buncombe County Health Department. The report says 37 students and four additional people are sick.

The school with the cases is the Asheville Waldorf School, where administrators have not commented on the cases.

Doctors at Asheville's Children's Medical Center said they had seen a recent increase in parents bringing kids to the vaccine for chickenpox.

Pediatrician dr. Brigitte Fogleman is urging parents to give birth to their vaccine.

"It's a concern for a public health threat," said Fogleman, who said she's also seen.

"This is a mistake."

"The bacterial infections that can actually cause loss of limbs," Fogleman said.

Pediatrician dr. Sam Cohn said he's aware of Asheville and the freedom of individual choice that the community celebrates, including challenging medical professionals who urge vaccinations. He and Fogleman said Asheville is at risk for chickenpox to spread because of the large and large children being vaccinated against sickness.

"It says to me, as a community, that we're not necessarily listening to the best information, "Cohn said.

Fogleman said this was what she heard on the last case she saw.

"The mother actually told me, 'If I had known this bad thing, I would have gotten the vaccine,' "Fogleman said.


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