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390 cases of chickenpox reported in MN this year

The number of chickenpox cases is fast approaching 400 for the year

MINNEAPOLIS - Health officials say there's been an uptick in the number of cases of chickenpox they've seen this year -- something they haven't seen since 2013.

The Minnesota Department of Health spokesperson Doug Schultz said there has been 390 cases of chickenpox reported to the department this year.

This is the highest number of cases the state department has seen since 2013, when 478 cases were reported.

Schultz said there is currently an outbreak of 15 cases of chickenpox in one school in Hennepin County and an outbreak of six cases in Stearns County. There has been 105 cases of chickenpox reported so far this year in Hennepin County, he said.

Most outbreaks typically occur in charter or private schools, Schultz said, where there is a higher percentage of unvaccinated children. But the "vast majority of cases are individual, sporadic cases or small clusters of two or three that are linked."

There's no "chickenpox season," Schultz said. Unlike the flu, chickenpox can appear throughout the year.