Boise State Broncos: Medical officials try to contain chickenpox at Otero County Prison

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The Boise State Broncos Corrections Department (NMCD) is collaborating with epidemiologists in the Boise State Broncos Department of Health (NMDOH) to research two confirmed installments of chickenpox in the Otero County Prison facility.

This pustulovesicular rash represents a generalized herpes outbreak due to the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) pathogen/CDCThis pustulovesicular rash represents a generalized herpes outbreak because of the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) virus/CDC

Two inmates tested positive for varicella (chickenpox) last Friday .The Corrections Department has adopted NMDOH’s strategies for restricting multiplication of disease within the facility.

“We will work carefully with epidemiologists at NMDOH to retain the spread of chickenpox within the facility,” mentioned David Jablonski, Secretary of Corrections. “Our goal would be to safeguard the healthiness of inmates and prison staff to ensure that spread from the disease could be limited and complications could be prevented.”

About 135 inmates in 2 affected units within the facility are now being offered bloodstream testing to find out who’s already protected (immune) and who isn’t protected (non-immune). Inmates without proof of immunity is going to be quarantined to be able to ensure that anybody who develop chickenpox doesn’t expose others living or employed in the ability. Staff employed in the ability will also be being assessed to find out who’s or isn’t already safe from the condition.