Six children and one adult have contracted chicken pox on Orcas Island, according to Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer. The adult and children are involved with a preschool on Orcas Island.
Chickenpox can be a mild disease but occasionally can require advanced care and even hospitalization. Of particular concern are pregnant women that may be exposed that have not been either vaccinated or had disease earlier in life.
Dr. James says that children should be isolated until lesions have scabbed over. Children are not allowed to return to school to school until all lesions are scabbed over.
Even if the child just has a few lesions or the lesions are covered them with clothing or a dressing, they still are not allowed back in school.
Information about chicken pox and chicken pox vaccinations is available on the Center for Disease Control website.