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Telltale Signs of Classic Illnesses
The American Osteopathic Association urges the public to become familiar with the hallmark signs of classic illnesses like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and whooping cough. Those with symptoms of these illnesses are strongly urged to isolate themselves until they are evaluated by a physician.

TCU has three suspected cases of chickenpox on campus, according to an email from Dr. Jane Togerson on Tuesday.

Togerson, the Brown Lupton Health Center’s medical director, said there are several precautions students can take.

“Remember to wash your hands frequently and watch for signs and symptoms,” the email read. “Visit your healthcare provider or the health center for evaluation.”

Togerson described symptoms as an “itchy, blister-like rash.”

Additionally, the Center for Disease Control includes tiredness and fever as possible symptoms of chickenpox.

“The rash appears first on the trunk and face and can spread over the entire body causing between 250 and 500 itchy blisters,” according to the CDC website.

The disease is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and can be serious in people with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.

“Chickenpox is spread person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing,” Togerson wrote.

Students can visit the health center’s website for additional information and hours of operation.