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Inmates exposed to chickenpox virus at Columbia River Correctional Institution
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: February 23rd, 2012 3:38 PM
Inmates exposed to chickenpox virus at Columbia River Correctional Institution
Two inmates at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) have a confirmed chickenpox diagnosis.  At this time neither of the inmates have needed outside medical treatment. 
The Department of Corrections (DOC) has worked with the Oregon Public Health Division to ensure necessary treatment and precautions are being taken.
Any inmate movement from CRCI to another DOC institution will require DOC’s Health Services to coordinate with the receiving institution.
An informative chickenpox memo has been emailed to all staff and a notice has been posted in the visiting area and housing units. Visiting will continue on the regular schedule.
Chickenpox is a very contagious disease. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. It spreads easily from infected people to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox spreads in the air through coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.
If you would like more information about chickenpox, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/index.html.
CRCI is a 595-bed minimum security prison located in NE Portland.
Contact Info: James Hanley, CRCI Public Information Officer (503) 280-6646 X 216 Jennifer Black, DOC Communications Manager (503) 570-6416