Chicken Pox Outbreak at Ind. High School

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) — A chicken pox outbreak at an Indiana high school could keep students out of school for more than three weeks, health officials said.

Thirteen confirmed cases of the varicella virus, which causes chicken pox, led officials to declare an outbreak Friday at Zionsville High School, The Indianapolis Star reported.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin made the declaration.

Students who haven’t had the state-required vaccine or haven’t had the chicken pox may not attend school Monday, school officials said.

Students who cannot get vaccinated must stay home for 21 days after the last confirmed case, they said.

The Boone County Health Department said it would offer a clinic to administer the vaccine at the high school Monday.

Those who are receiving the first round of the vaccine would be permitted to go to class, school authorities said.

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