Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) - The Chicken Pox virus continues to spread throughout Vigo County. Two Terre Haute schools announced they are fighting an outbreak.
Wednesday morning Terre Haute South High school and Booker T. Washington Alternative school announced they're experiencing a chicken pox outbreak.
Not only a growing problem for Vigo County Schools but across the Hoosier state.
Joni Wise, Administrator of the Vigo County Health Department says, "We've seen an abnormally large number of cases here in Vigo County but they're also starting to see a trend across the state. Marion County is also experiencing a high number of cases."
According to the Vigo County Health Department, numbers continue to rise in Vigo County due to a breakthrough virus meaning even students who have received the vaccine are getting the virus.
"What has been a big obstacle for us is, that a lot of physicians don't recognize it as a break through disease, they think they're looking for a wild type and they're sending the kids back to school and saying it isn't chicken pox," said Wise.
The Indiana State Department of Health demanded the Vigo County School Corporation take action.
School officials held a clinic Wednesday morning, where 23-staff members and 45-students were vaccinated.
A total of 11-students did not receive the shot for medical or religious reasons.
Chris Mauk, Terre Haute South Principal says he realizes this is an inconvenience for the students and the school is doing the best they can to help those who are forced to miss school.
"We have our final exams next week to wrap up this first term, so we're going to come up with a way for those kids to take final exams at an alternative site because they can't be at South High School."
The Chicken Pox virus is a huge issue that many teams are working to get a head of but Vigo County health officials say the problem will probably get worse before it gets better.
The Vigo County Health Department told News 10, Vigo County will probably see more outbreaks throughout the school system in the next coming days.
As for the students that are excluded from school, they may return in 21 days after the last reported case.
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