Yesterday we were advised of more cases of Chickenpox (Varicella) which is a highly contagious viral disease is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). The main symptom is a blistering rash. Chickenpox can be contagious for pregnant women, newborn babies, and people with impaired immunity. The Department of Health has advised that the communicable period is usually one to two days prior to the development of the rash and the incubation period is 2-3 weeks. Please consult your doctor or contact Nurse on Call 1300 606 024 if you identify any symptoms, also advise the school. For more information about hand, Chickenpox (varicella), please visit the “Better Health Channel” website. If you suspect your child has chicken pox, please take them to your doctor who will be able to confirm this. Children who have chicken pox are required to be kept off school until all the blisters have dried.