Maine Medical Center (MMC) has confirmed a child with varicella (chickenpox) came to the hospital’s emergency department at 22 Bramhall Street on July 30. Anyone who was in the emergency department between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on that date may have been exposed to the virus.
Varicella is an airborne disease and many people are immune to it through vaccination or because they have had the disease previously. People who believe they may have been exposed to the virus at MMC and do not have immunity should contact their doctor, as should anyone who experiences symptoms of varicella. Symptoms include an itchy rash and a fever that occur approximately 10-21 days after exposure.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of varicella. If you are unaware of whether you have been vaccinated, the CDC recommends you contact your doctor and get vaccinated if you haven’t been already.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2019-2020, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.