Chickenpox Case on Campus – Monitor Your Health

Case of chickenpox identified on the USF Tampa campus.


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2013) Recently, a case of chickenpox was confirmed on the USF Tampa campus. Although chickenpox is not a serious disease for most people, it is highly contagious, which is why the university has decided to notify all students, faculty, and staff. Those individuals who were in close contact or classes with the affected student have been communicated with directly.


Did you know that even if you have been vaccinated for chickenpox, you can still contract the disease, although it will likely be a mild case?


The symptoms of chickenpox include fever, tiredness, and an itchy skin rash that begins as small red bumps on the trunk and face and can spread to the entire body before turning into blisters. If you experience symptoms of chickenpox, seek medical attention and stay home until after the last blister has scabbed over (which will take about seven days) to avoid infecting others.


If students have any questions regarding chickenpox or experience the symptoms described, they can contact Student Health Services at 813-974-1797 for answers or 813-974-2331 to schedule an appointment to see a doctor. If students contract chickenpox and need assistance notifying their instructors, they can contact the Dean for Students Office at 813-974-6677.


If faculty/staff have any questions regarding chickenpox or the symptoms described, they can also contact Student Health Services at 813-974-1797 for answers.  If they feel they have contracted chickenpox, they should schedule an appointment to see a medical professional.