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Mar 13, 2015

04:31:56 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150313-47298-USA

Date / time: 13/03/2015 04:27:12 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Pennsylvania

Location: [Shippensburg Area School District]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Shippensburg Area School District announced that one student at Shippensburg Area Intermediate School has contracted chicken pox. In a detailed Facebook post, the district advised that the virus spreads easily and that children who have never had it or the vaccine will "most likely get the disease." Assistant Superintendent Matt Strine confirmed that one student at the school for fourth and fifth grades has the virus. The district found out Thursday, and put the post on Facebook and notified families by letter and a phone call. Pennsylvania requires that for a child to attend school, he or she must receive two doses of the chicken pox (varicella) vaccine or provide evidence of immunity by either laboratory confirmation or a written statement of health history from a parent, guardian or physician. The district urged parents to contact their child's health care provider if the child has not had the vaccine or the virus. "If your child had the disease before one year of age and was not laboratory confirmed or physician diagnosed, then one dose of the vaccine is recommended. If your child has had the disease or two doses of the vaccine, please ensure that your child's school nurse has it recorded on your child's school record," the district added on Facebook. In cases in which a child is exempt from getting the chicken pox vaccine, for religious or other reasons, the district recommends that the child be removed from school during the outbreak. If the child is immuno-compromised (HIV, cancer, leukemia, organ transplant, etc.), the district advises parents to report the exposure immediately to the child's doctor, and ask for guidance on returning to school and to request a written statement for the school nurse.

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