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Confirmed case and exposure of Chicken Pox at Eastern Washington University

CHENEY, Wash. - Thursday, EWU announced a confirmed case and exposure of Chicken Pox at the university. The chicken pox virus can be spread person to person through the air via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by contact with fluid from the blisters.

EWU released a letter to students, faculty and staff notifying them of the case and asked them to be alert of the following:

- Symptoms usually appear 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus.  Infected individuals are contagious 1-2 before onset of symptoms and while uncrusted blisters are present.
- Symptoms include small blisters on the skin which later break open, form a scab and begin to itch; tiredness; fever; aches and pains.
- If you have been vaccinated you may still develop a mild illness.
- It is recommended that pregnant women or those who may be currently seriously ill be evaluated by a health care professional prior to vaccination.
- If you have never been infected with the chicken pox or have not received the vaccine, please consult a health care provider.
- It is also important to note that 95% of adults are already immune to this virus.

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