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Toowoomba school issues alert after chickenpox confirmed

BREAKING: A Toowoomba school has issued an alert to its students after a case of chickenpox was confirmed today.

Toowoomba State High School said the viral and highly contagious illness had been confirmed and any sick students must stay home for five days after a rash associated with the condition appeared.

Chickenpox is infectious for two days before the rash appeared until all blisters had "formed scabs or crusts".

"We have been advised of a confirmed case of chickenpox in the school," the statement from TSHS read.

"Chickenpox is a viral illness that comes on suddenly and is highly contagious.

"It starts with cold-like symptoms such as a fever, followed by a rash that turns into red spots and blisters.

"Occasionally, despite being vaccinated against chickenpox (varicella) a child may still get a milder version of the illness.

"Students suffering chickenpox need to be excluded from school for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all the blisters."

TSHS, on its official Facebook page, said pregnant women should avoid anyone with the illness, and urged parents or carers with concerns their child may show signs of the condition to contact their doctor.

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