Chicken Pox outbreak

Be aware there are a number of OOSH services & schools currently experiencing a chicken pox outbreak.


What are the symptoms?

  • Chickenpox begins with a sudden onset of slight fever, runny nose, feeling generally unwell and a skin rash.
  • The rash usually begins as small lumps that turn into blisters and then scabs.
  • The rash appears over three to four days. At any one time, the lesions of the rash vary in stages of development.
  • Symptoms usually occur two weeks after exposure to the virus.
  • Most people recover without complications, but sometimes the infection can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. Rarely, the infection can be fatal.

Children/adults who are previously vaccinated can still get chickenpox. If chickenpox occurs in a vaccinated person it is usually mild and less contagious than in an unvaccinated person.

Chickenpox is not currently notifiable in NSW.