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Chickenpox outbreak spreads in Asheville, outside of school
Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:07

From Staff Reports 

The Buncombe County Health Department in late November reported that an outbreak of chickenpox discovered in October is spreading in Asheville.

Specifically, the report states that 37 students and four additional people are sick, raising the total to 41 people infected.

“The school with the outbreak is Asheville Waldorf School, where administrators have not commented on the cases,” WLOS News 13 reported on Nov. 30.

On the same story, the Asheville Citizen Times noted that the case now ranks as the largest outbreak of chickenpox in North Carolina since the vaccine was introduced in 1995.

The Citizen Times also reported that “Buncombe County Health Department spokeswoman Stacey Wood says the most recent onset of rash was Monday (Nov. 26). She wouldn’t say whether the four cases outside the school were in parents or friends of sickened students.

“More than 100 of the school’s 152 students were unvaccinated and thus quarantined for three weeks. A judge struck down a portion of the quarantine order, ruling the county had the authority to keep children out of school but couldn’t prevent them from leaving home,” the Citizen Times noted.



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