Chicken Pox Outbreak Reported In Fallbrook

Ten students at a Fallbrook elementary school have been diagnosed with chicken pox, San Diego County health officials reported Friday.

None of the infected children at Live Oak Elementary School required hospitalization, and school officials are notifying parents about the outbreak, according to the county's Health and Human Services Agency.

Nine of the students had at least one dose of chicken pox vaccine, and one hadn't been vaccinated, according to the HHSA.

"We urge parents to check with the physicians to make sure their children get two doses of chicken pox vaccine when appropriate, and are inoculated against other vaccine-preventable diseases," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease spread by coughing, sneezing or contact with the blister-like lesions that are a trademark of the virus.

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