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Important Public Health Announcement: Exposure to chickenpox [20140824|21:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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If you have seen me and/or Humuhumu in the past three weeks, please read the rest of this entry.

This Saturday morning, 23rd August, Humuhumu woke with red spots on her back and legs. We thought it was heat rash, but the spots had spread and widened and developed little pimples in their middles this morning, so we made an appointment with the out-of-hours GP at the hospital.

He confirmed that it is chickenpox.

She will have been most contagious the day before (Friday 22nd) and for the next five or six days until the spots begin to heal. However, the incubation period for chickenpox can be anywhere from seven to 21 days, so it's possible she was contagious while we were in London and at LonCon 3.

Please be on alert if you or your children have not had chickenpox previously. Humuhumu was lethargic and grumpy with a mild fever for the three days before she developed the spots (we thought she was just tired from the intense stimulation of the London trip), so the symptoms may not be entirely obvious. People I know for certain we had contact with include [personal profile] rmc28, [personal profile] kaberett, [personal profile] qian, [personal profile] yoyoangel, [personal profile] djm4, [personal profile] purplecthulhu, [personal profile] hano, [personal profile] coughingbear, [personal profile] major_clanger, [personal profile] foxfinial and [personal profile] liv. I offer my apologies to those, and to anyone else we may have exposed. If you know of anyone else, particularly those with compromised immune systems, that we may have come into physical contact with or with whom I was on a panel, please pass this information on to them.

Separately, I have come down with an absolutely stinking cold. It's the worst I've had in years - I normally shake these things off quite quickly but this has had me almost flat for two and a half days. So I apologise for being a vector for Con-Crud as well. :(

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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2014-08-24 21:36 (UTC)
A very small silver lining to not having successfully run into you!

Grouting has been grumpy and tired - but since today she produced the beginnings of tooth #19, that's sufficient explanation on its own.

I hope it proves a mild case all around for your family.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-08-24 21:57 (UTC)
Wow, tooth #19! Almost done with Teething: Round 1. Congratulations, Grouting!

I'm really glad for Grouting's sake that Humuhumu and Grouting only interacted through the medium of rocket drawings at the con.

Thanks for the good wishes.

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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2014-08-26 15:14 (UTC)
Then again, it might have been to Grouting's advantage to get it now - as I was advised when Roric caught the pox, it's adults who've not yet had it that are at greatest risk, not other preschoolers.

Two acquaintances who caught it as adults confirmed this - one even suffered permanent vision damage as a result.

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[User Picture]From: impix
2014-08-25 09:04 (UTC)
Aw, hope you all recover very soon x
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-08-25 11:34 (UTC)
Thank you. There were no new spots this morning, so I'm hopeful that we're at/passing the worst of it for Humuhumu at least!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-08-26 10:56 (UTC)
Oh heck. Poor chook. :( Hope you both recover soon!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-08-26 20:01 (UTC)
Thank you. We're doing all right - slowly improving!
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