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Chickenpox Cases Grow in Minnesota

Chickenpox Cases Grow in Minnesota

December 14, 2017 11:47 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota health officials say there's an increase in the number of chickenpox cases this year.

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Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz says nearly 400 cases have been reported, the highest number since 2013 when about 480 cases were reported.

Schultz tells KARE-TV there's an outbreak of 15 cases in one Hennepin County school and another six cases in Stearns County.

He says that outbreaks typically happen in private or charter schools where there's a higher percentage of unvaccinated children. Unlike the flu, Schultz says the chickenpox is not a seasonal illness and can happen throughout the year.

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Information from: KARE-TV


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