Chickenpox in Trinity County
There are currently 4 cases of chickenpox (varicella) reported in two schools in Trinity County: Trinity High School, and Douglas City Elementary School. Trinity County Public Health has effective procedures in place for controlling the spread of contagious viruses, and we as a community have successfully addressed similar issues in the past.
Chickenpox is a viral infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), and is spread very easily from person to person. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. The rash appears first on the stomach, back, and face and can spread over the entire body causing between 250 and 500 itchy blisters. Due to a vaccine preventing chickenpox, the illness has become increasingly less common in the United States. However, people young and old can still get chickenpox, and it can lead to serious complications, especially in babies, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. That is why it is important to understand what causes chickenpox, who’s most at risk for getting it, and how to protect yourself and your family if you are exposed.
The most common risk factors for getting chickenpox include:
• Not being vaccinated – if you have not been vaccinated against chickenpox and come in contact with the virus, your chances of becoming ill are very high.
• Never having had chickenpox – if you have never had chickenpox, you are at high risk of getting sick if you are around others who have the illness.