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Press Herald sues to force state to identify schools that had chickenpox outbreaks
The Maine CDC has refused to release the names, citing privacy issues, but the newspaper says information about outbreaks of infectious diseases http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Yv6Iqp_ZY would help the public avoid exposure.

The Portland Press Herald sued the state Tuesday in an attempt to force it to release the names of schools where chickenpox outbreaks have occurred. The newspaper said it is going to court with the goal of protecting vulnerable people from exposure to infectious diseases.

The lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court would compel the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to release the names of the schools and the number of cases in each outbreak.

The newspaper had requested the school names and case numbers after the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which is part of DHHS, reported in late May that Maine had four chickenpox outbreaks during the 2014-15 school year - the highest number since the chickenpox vaccine became mandatory for school attendance in 2003.

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