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11/23/2012 11:02:00 AM
Officials hope chickenpox stays on Indiana side
A chickenpox outbreak in western Indiana apparently has not crossed the Wabash into Crawford County.

Crawford County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Terry Shaffer said the county has not had any "official" reports of chickenpox this year and only four cases reported in 2011.

"I would like to stress the word 'official,'" she added. "Most times when a child has chickenpox it is not serious enough for the parents to take the child to a doctor and, therefore, it goes unreported to the public health system.

School absences are a sure sign of an outbreak, but Robinson Unit 2 school nurse Susan Inboden said there have been no cases reported in local schools, either. Most Robinson students have had the chickenpox vaccine, she added.

Palestine Unit 3 Superintendent Joe Sornberger said his district remained pox free. "And we hope it doesn't come our way," he added.

Oblong Unit 4 school nurse Linda Harris said her district has had no cases, and no cases have been reported in Hutsonville Unit 1, either.

The western part of the Hoosier State has been hit hard with chickenpox in recent weeks.

Vigo County health officials say more than 100 chickenpox cases have been confirmed there, and many children have been blocked from school because they aren't properly immunized.

County health administrator Joni Wise says while school officials have vaccination records for students, day care providers don't have that information. Wise said day care sites have been doing the right thing by sending suspected ill children home.

Vigo County School Corp. officials say they believe most of the 230 students excluded from school last week will be able to return by next week.

Student services director Ray Azar says some 100 of those students are already back either by meeting immunization requirements or because three weeks have passed since their school's last chickenpox case.

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