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Chicken-Pox Outbreak Mostly Among Staff Reported at Manatee Jail

November 2, 2006

By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

Nov. 1–MANATEE — The county jail has been closed to visitors due to 13 confirmed cases of chicken pox, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Twelve staff members and one inmate were diagnosed with chicken pox a week ago, said David Bristow, MSO spokesman. Vendors can still make delivers to the jail, Bristow said, but visitors will not be allowed inside.

Chickenpox is caused by Varicella virus, a member of the Herpes family of viruses. Commonly considered a childhood disease, the chickenpox virus can infect any one of any age and can be dangerous or even deadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Chicken pox can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing.

Donna Wright, health and social services reporter, can be reached at 745-7049 or at dwright@HeraldToday.com [mailto:dwright@HeraldToday.com].

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