Exposure in NICU
|Reviewed by Dr Liz Wilson
and Lesley Bowers (Infection Control)
- An individual with chickenpox (varicella) is
infectious from 2 days prior to the appearance of lesions to 5 days after or
until the lesions are dry and crusted (whichever is longer).
- Determine true diagnosis in index case / call
- Susceptible contacts will require VZIG.
VZIG needs to be given within 72 hours of exposure and no later than 96
hours. See VZIG information.
- Note that VZIG costs $360 per vial and must be
approved by the Medical Officer or the "on call" transfusion
- Exposed individuals that are non-immune become
potentially infectious from 8 days following initial contact until 21 days
following the last contact with the index case. See Chickenpox
- For isolation see Chickenpox - Infectious
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