Health officials confirm 36 chickenpox cases at Asheville Waldorf School

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Local health officials are responding to a growing outbreak of chickenpox at an Asheville private school.

They say they are aware of 36 confirmed cases at Asheville Waldorf School.

The county’s medical director is scheduled to speak with News 13 Monday afternoon to provide further details.

The Asheville Waldorf School is a private school with two campuses in West Asheville.

The Health Department has been monitoring this outbreak since the end of October.

The Buncombe County Health Department has previously issued a quarantine for some students, after nearly 30 cases were reported at the school by November 5.

Health officials strongly encourage everyone to do their part to reduce the spread of the outbreak.

They say vaccination is the best protection from chickenpox.

Health officials say it takes 10 to 21 days to develop symptoms after being exposed.

We called the Asheville Waldorf School, and the automated message says the school is currently on Thanksgiving break all week.

We’ll have more from the Health Department Monday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m.

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