Chickenpox cases reported at Portland Expo, officials say

The City of Portland and the Maine CDC say there are reported cases of chickenpox in asylum-seekers staying at the Expo.City leaders and officials at the Maine CDC said they were working to limit exposure and had alerted any visitors or volunteers who came to the Expo since July 26, Jessica Grondin, director of communications for the city, said.A letter was sent out to volunteers helping asylum-seekers at the Expo while the city works on a permanent plan for residency. The city is facing an Aug. 15 deadline to vacate what’s been an emergency shelter since June.The Maine CDC has asked anyone who was inside the Expo on July 26 or after to watch for symptoms and to check their vaccination records with their health care provider. Varicella, commonly known as chickenpox, is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The most commons symptom is an itchy, blister-like rash on the chest, back and face.

The City of Portland and the Maine CDC say there are reported cases of chickenpox in asylum-seekers staying at the Expo.

City leaders and officials at the Maine CDC said they were working to limit exposure and had alerted any visitors or volunteers who came to the Expo since July 26, Jessica Grondin, director of communications for the city, said.

A letter was sent out to volunteers helping asylum-seekers at the Expo while the city works on a permanent plan for residency. The city is facing an Aug. 15 deadline to vacate what’s been an emergency shelter since June.

The Maine CDC has asked anyone who was inside the Expo on July 26 or after to watch for symptoms and to check their vaccination records with their health care provider.

Varicella, commonly known as chickenpox, is a contagious disease caused by a virus.

The most commons symptom is an itchy, blister-like rash on the chest, back and face.