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March 15, 2012

Health officials have seen several cases of varicella — a.k.a. chickenpox — this month.

A total of six cases: three in Warwick, one in Cranston, one in North Providence, and one in Woonsocket. Schools where students may have been exposed to the virus include Oakland Beach Elementary School and Drum Rock Elementary School in Warwick, Garden City Elementary School in Cranston, and McGuire Elementary School in North Providence, and the YWCA facility in Woonsocket.

Here’s what the health department says about chickenpox:

Chickenpox is a very contagious disease. The virus spreads easily through the air by sneezing and coughing, or contact with fluid from blisters. Early symptoms may include aching, fever, and sore throat, followed by the appearance of a very itchy skin rash with blisters forming. Any child with these symptoms should stay home from school, day care, or other activities and see a doctor right away.   


Chickenpox reports are common this time of year, especially among younger children who have not reached full immunity by completing the series of two vaccinations or by having chickenpox.

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