Penn State

Chickenpox exposure may affect students’ Thon plans

A possible exposure to chickenpox could affect some Penn State students’ attendance at the IFC/Panhellenic Council Dance Marathon, set to begin Friday.

According to Penn State, university health officials are contacting a “small subset” of students who attended the Feb. 7 men’s basketball game against Nebraska at the Bryce Jordan Center. Designated the annual Thon Hoops game, 70 families with children diagnosed with or recovering from cancer participated. One child in the group had unknowingly been exposed to chickenpox.

In all, about 150 students have been identified as potentially exposed, Penn State said. These students have been sent emails from University Health Services saying that, if they plan to attend Thon in any capacity, they must show proof of immunization.