We wish to inform you, that we have had 2 cases of chicken pox this week reported to school. Please be mindful of this, now we are entering into the school holiday period.
Symptoms can include slight fever and “cold-like” symptoms, followed by a rash. The rash appears as blisters which crust to form scabs. Crops of blisters may appear over several days and various stages of blisters may be present. The rash is more noticeable on the trunk than on the limbs. The rash is usually itchy.
Chicken pox may be particularly severe in children with leukaemia, pregnant women and young babies. Medical advice should be sought if:
- A child or adult with chickenpox/shingles has a high fever, cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- A pregnant woman has chickenpox
- A newborn baby (up to 1 month) is exposed to chickenpox
- Chickenpox develops in a child or adult with an immune deficiency Incubation period – 2-3 weeks
- Treatment – for chicken pox – please get confirmation from your Doctor.
- Infectious period – For chicken pox/shingles from 2 days before the rash appears until at least 5 days after the rash first appears and all blisters have crusted over.