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Two cases of chickenpox confirmed at Mid-Michigan school

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The Bay County Health Department has confirmed two cases of chickenpox in a Bay County School.

Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, fever, loss of appetite and headache.

The rash first appears on the stomach, back and face and can spread over the entire body causing itchy blisters.

A person with chickenpox is contagious for one to two days before they get the rash until the blisters stop forming and have scabbed over, health officials said.

The virus is usually spread through touching someone who is infected or breathing in the same air.

It can take 10-21 days before symptoms appear.

Health officials said the best way to prevent your child from catching chickenpox is through vaccination. A vaccine is available and is 80-85 percent effective, they said.

People who are immunocompromised, pregnant or unvaccinated are being warned to take action.

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