Wauwatosa school officials alert parents, their child may have been exposed to chickenpox

WAUWATOSA -- Officials in the Wauwatosa School District are alerting parents that a student at Longfellow Middle School was diagnosed with chickenpox over the weekend. In a letter, officials say children may have been exposed between May 8 and May 10.

Officials said in the letter, the "classic symptom of varicella (chickenpox) is an itechy, blister-like rash that turns into scabs. Additional symptoms that may appear 1-2 days before the rash include: fever, tiredness, headache, and loss of appetite."

That letter offers the following recommendations from the Wauwatosa Health Department.

    Wauwatosa Health Department nurses are available to answer questions. You are urged to call 414-479-8939 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays -- or contact your health care provider.