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Health Services says student with chickenpox has left campus
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UA Health Services is reporting that a student has come down with a case of chickenpox, a highly contagious disease. The infected student has left the University to recover at home.

Health Services is notifying the faculty members who are teaching the classes in which the student was enrolled. The faculty members have been asked to inform students in the classes with the ill student about the signs of chickenpox.

No additional cases have been reported at the time.

Background on chickenpox

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, causes an itchy, blister-like rash that can last for days. Often, it is accompanied by a fever.  Chickenpox is passed from person to person by direct contact or through the air via coughing or sneezing. Once a person is infected, the incubation period is 10 to 21 days.

To learn more about the symptoms and treatment of chickenpox, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page about the disease.

Most people are now vaccinated with at least one dose of varicella vaccine, but because one dose of the vaccine is 80 to 85 percent effective for preventing chickenpox, it is not unusual to see a breakthrough case.

It is rare for someone who has had chickenpox to become infected again.

What you should do

If you display any symptoms that look like chickenpox, contact UA’s Health Services at 330-972-7808 (to help us with prevention) and your health care provider. Vaccination within 3-5 days of exposure to rash is beneficial in preventing or modifying chickenpox.

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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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