Tampa, Florida -- Recently, a case of chickenpox was confirmed on the USF Tampa campus.
Although chickenpox is not a serious disease for most people, it is highly contagious. Also, even if you have been vaccinated for chickenpox, you can still contract a mild form of the disease. Student who were in close contact with the affected student have been notified, however everyone should be aware of chickenpox symptoms.
The symptoms of chickenpox include:
- Itchy skin rash that begins as small red bumps on the trunk and face and can spread to the entire body before turning into blisters
If you experience symptoms of chickenpox, seek medical attention and stay home until after the last blister has scabbed over (which will take about seven days) to avoid infecting others.
If students have any questions regarding chickenpox or experience the symptoms described, they can contact Student Health Services at 813-974-1797 for answers or 813-974-2331 to schedule an appointment to see a doctor.
If students contract chickenpox and need assistance notifying their instructors, they can contact the Dean for Students Office at 813-974-6677.