Green Bay school dealing with several chickenpox cases

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Green Bay school is dealing with several cases of chickenpox.

The Brown County Health Department sent a letter to parents saying it is working with Aldo Leopold Community School to keep parents informed.

Chickenpox is highly contagious. Most people recover, but it can cause serious complications like difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or infections from skin blisters.

The Brown County Health Department says chickenpox starts with sudden fever, tiredness and weakness. It then turns into an itchy blister-like rash. The blisters then form scabs.

Parents whose children did not get the chickenpox vaccine are urged to contact a doctor.

“If the chickenpox vaccine is given within 3 to 5 days after being exposed to chickenpox, it might prevent the illness or reduce the severity of disease in someone who has no history of the disease or vaccination,” reads a letter from the Health Department.

The health department warns that if more cases occur at Aldo Leopold, children who have not been vaccinated may be kept away from school for up to 21 days after exposure or until vaccinated.

For more information, call the Brown County Health Department at (920) 448-6400.

CLICK HERE to view the letter from the Brown County Health Department.