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Chicken pox breaks out at Lincoln Middle School

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Health officials say Lane County is 'worst of the worst' for vaccinations

Officials at Lane County Public Health announced Friday that a chicken pox outbreak has affected 10 children at Lincoln Middle School to date.

Chicken pox, or the virus Varicella-Zoster, causes a blister-like rash and often intense itching and fever. Itís a disease that used to be a fact of life, according to Lane County Public Health Officer Patrick Luedtke, though a vaccine introduced in 1995 has changed all that.

ďBefore the vaccine, millions of people got chicken pox,Ē Luedtke said. ďBut itís not just a fever and a rash. For a majority of people, itís not life-threatening, but some people do develop pneumonia, meningitis and encephalitis, and some people do die. Before the vaccine, there were about 100-150 deaths a year from chicken pox in the U.S.Ē

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