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Inmates Exposed to Chickenpox at Oregon State Penitentiary
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:11 PM
 
Inmates Exposed to Chickenpox at Oregon State Penitentiary
 
Two inmates at Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) have chickenpox.  At this time none 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 control measures are being taken.
 
Any inmate movement from OSP 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. The memo advises inmates born after 1980 (who are more likely to be susceptible to chickenpox) who have either not had chickenpox or been immunized to request vaccination.  Although complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis are rare, they do occur more commonly in adults, particularly those with immune compromising conditions.
 
If you would like more information about chickenpox, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/index.html.
 
Oregon State Penitentiary is a maximum security prison housing approximately 2,100 inmates.
 
 
Contact Info: Michelle Dodson, OSP  Public Information Officer (503) 378-2678 Jennifer Black, DOC Communications Manager (503) 570-6416.