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R-3 reports 3 chickenpox cases within the district

Area parents urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of highly contagious virus

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 1:23 pm

Three cases of the chickenpox have prompted the Lebanon R-3 School District to ask parents to keep an eye on their children for symptoms to keep the virus from spreading further.

On Tuesday, there was a confirmed case at the Lebanon High School. The following day, two more students, another at LHS and one at Maplecrest Elementary, were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

The district is asking families to contact their health care provider if a child or family member displays the symptoms of chickenpox.

“It is highly contagious. Even though most of our students in our district have received the vaccine, you can still get it, as you can see. Some of the ones that we have had confirmed have received the vaccine,” said Tracy Millsap, Lebanon R-3’s head nurse. She added that the vaccine wasn’t required until a few years ago, so many high school students have not received the vaccination.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 15 to 20 percent of people who have received a dose of varicella, which is the virus that causes chickenpox, still contract chickenpox when exposed, but they have milder symptoms.

The district is hoping to stop the spread of the virus, but Millsap said she wouldn’t be surprised if the number of cases continues to grow.

“I do expect the numbers to get a little bit bigger, but we hope that it does not,” Millsap said.

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