Maine CDC Health Advisory
August 3, 2019
Cases of Varicella (Chickenpox) Associated with the Portland Expo Center
Maine CDC is aware of cases of varicella (chickenpox) in individuals who are staying at the Portland Expo Center. Varicella is a contagious viral disease that can spread easily to individuals who have not had varicella and have not gotten the varicella vaccine. There are several diseases that can cause a febrile rash in children, so Maine CDC encourages laboratory testing when assessing patients when possible. If diagnosed with varicella, patients may return to their congregate living setting if clinically stable and indicated by a provider. Individuals staying at the Portland Expo are already considered exposed. Providers should encourage patients to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene and stay away from non-immune individuals as much as possible.