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Chickenpox outbreak reported

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By The Staff

A chickenpox outbreak has been reported in Marion County schools.   Children who develop the disease will not be allowed to attend school until the blisters that are a symptom of the disease have dried into scabs, according to a letter to parents by Paula Mattingly, RN, the clinical director of the Marion County Health Center. The letter was sent home with students Friday.   Chickenpox can be spread by sneezing, coughing and direct contact, according to the Center for Disease Control.  In her letter, Mattingly wrote that parents should not assume their school-age children have received both shots of the chickenpox vaccine.    "If your child has received a second dose of varicella vaccine, no further action is needed," she wrote. "Do not assume your child has had a second dose of varicella vaccine without checking your child's immunization records."   For more information on chickenpox, visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_varicl.htm.