Chickenpox and shingles: infection control in prisons and other places of detention

Guidance for healthcare professionals and other staff on managing outbreaks of chickenpox or shingles in places of detention in England and Wales.


Guidance on infection control for chickenpox and shingles in prisons, immigration removal centres and places of detention

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This guidance is based on a review of the international published literature of chickenpox outbreaks in prisons as well as a review of individual cases and outbreaks reported through the Prison Infection Prevention team surveillance system for prisons in England.

The purpose of developing this specific guidance is to account for:

  • features of infection prevention and control particular to prisons and other places of detention;
  • higher susceptibility to chickenpox among foreign-born prisoners and detainee populations
Published 1 December 2012
Last updated 29 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated version.
  2. Updated guidance (third edition) published.
  3. First published.