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.