Chickenpox outbreak at west county schools |

Chickenpox outbreak at west county schools

At outbreak of Chickenpox in western Nevada County schoolchildren has health officials asking parents to keep infected children home and get them vaccinated.

“The vast majority of these students were not vaccinated,” according to a press release issued Monday by the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency.

Many Nevada County residents do not vaccinate their children for personal reasons or fears they will cause maladies.

The schools where cases have shown up are the Yuba River Charter School and at least one other school in the Pleasant Ridge Union School District, according to Cindy Watson of the county Public Health Department.

Schools with known cases have sent letters to parents and guardians notifying them of the outbreak, the release said.

“The disease starts with a mild fever and general feeling of tiredness quickly followed by a blistering rash that spreads across the body,” according to the release.

The virus can be transmitted by touch, coughing and sneezing, the health department said.

Aspirin should not be given to anyone suspected of having the disease because it could cause Reye’s Syndrome, a serious malady.

Chickenpox vaccinations are available from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from the health department van parked behind the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building at 255 S. Auburn St.

For more information, call the health department at 265-1420.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s edition of The Union.

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