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Health Update

9/09/2014

​A confirmed case of Chicken Pox had been identified at school in one of our Year 1 classes.

A letter has been sent out to families in these classes. 

The classic symptom of chicken pox is a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs. The rash may first show up on the face, chest, and back then spread to the rest of the body. Other symptoms that may occur 1-2 days before the rash include:

  • high fever

  • tiredness

  • loss of appetite

  • headache

There are several things that can be done at home to help relieve the symptoms and prevent skin infections. Calamine lotion and colloidal oatmeal baths may help relieve some of the itching. Keeping fingernails trimmed short may help prevent skin infections caused by scratching blisters.

Public Health advises that any/ children with chicken pox blisters are to be excluded from school until all blisters have dried.  This is usually about 5 days after the rash first appeared.