21st May 2021
We are notifying you that some children attending Leabank School have contracted chickenpox.
Chickenpox is a very contagious infection caused by a virus. It is spread from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever lasting an average of 4 to 6 days. Most children recover without any problems.
Chickenpox can be spread for 1-2 days before the rash starts and until all blisters are crusted or no new lesions appear within a 24-hour period. It takes between 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox. Chickenpox in vaccinated persons is generally mild, with a shorter duration of illness and fewer than 50 lesions.
If your child or anyone in your household currently has symptoms that look like chickenpox, see your family doctor immediately.