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Feb 9, 2015

06:21:12 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150206-46902-USA

Date / time: 06/02/2015 06:19:37 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of New Jersey

Location: Brick Township

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


Students at three Brick Township schools have been diagnosed with chickenpox, according to a report on the Asbury Park Press. A letter from Superintendent Walter J. Uszenski, addressed to parents and staff and posted on the district's website, does not specify which schools, but the Press report says the students attend Brick Memorial High School, Veterans Memorial Middle School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School. "This letter is to inform you that Varicella (chickenpox) has been reported in the Brick Township School District. I am informing you of this as a precaution," Uszenski's letter says. The letter goes on to warn that anyone who has not been vaccinated for chickenpox or who has not had chickenpox is at risk of developing the disease. Evidence-based findings have suggested that prior vaccination with the Varicella vaccine in some individuals does not provide lifetime immunity. Receiving a booster of the Varicella vaccine is an issue that should be discussed with your primary health care provider. Chicken pox presentation in previously immunized individuals is often significantly less severe with fewer "pox". Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It is easily spread through the air by sneezing and coughing or through contact with someone's chickenpox sores. This virus usually infects younger children; however, older children and adults can also become infected if they haven't already had chickenpox or been vaccinated. Early symptoms may include aching, fever, and sore throat. Then a very itchy skin rash develops that may turn into as many as 400-500 sores. Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is routinely recommended for all children 12 months of age and older and for unvaccinated persons following exposure to or contact with someone with chickenpox. If Varicella vaccine is given within 72 hours of exposure to chickenpox, it may prevent or reduce the severity of the disease. If your child is susceptible, or if you are unsure, please call your child's health care provider to discuss vaccination.

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