There hasn't been a proper outbreak where I live for years. A couple of kids get it, but then it just fizzles out.
There has been a huge outbreak recently in a nearby village where my son's best friend sometimes attends creche.
Son's friend caught it, but ds didn't - despite rolling around with him the day before he got spots. Son's friend was at toddler group the same day, and not a single child from toddlers caught it. Neither did another friend who was with this boy all afternoon.
So no-one from our village caught it, apart from this boy and a girl who also attends the other creche sometimes. She didn't even pass it on to children who go to the same childminder.
There is definitely outbreak here. As a matter of fact, DD2-7 has chicken pox right now (started Tuesday). I know lots of other children who have had it recently or have it now (both in DDs' school and other schools), and am wondering whether DD1-10 is next.
Hmmm. Wallace I'm in Scotland too, and I've got some more evidence for your chicken pox weirdness story. One of my toddler twins is in the middle of chicken pox. It's very, very mild (maybe 30 spots in total) and she's not scratched AT ALL, and she is as cheerful as anything, has been all through. And usually she's...shall we say...highly strung. So this is a mild, non-itchy, mood-improving strain of chicken pox. AND the other twin hasn't got it.
I don't think any of them have even had it mildly as we are all on high alert, thinking that the tiniest spot is the start of it.
I almost posted the other day to ask if chicken pox spots look like midgie bites when they first appear, but then I told myself to get a grip - of course they were midgie bites seeing as ds had been out in the garden surrounded by a cloud of midgies
When we had an outbreak we had a chicken poc party - mainly for the mums to get out the house as ALL our DCs had CP. One friend brought her DDs, 1 caught it, one didn't. The one that didn't had been picking another childs spots [vom]
This DD randomly caught it this year from nowhere - wierd.
Some people are naturally immune though - even if they've never been exposed - there is a name for it which I can't remember but apparently for most illnesses there is a small percentage of people (usually less than 5%) who for some reason just don't get infected regardless of exposure.
DH is like that - we were confined to barracks flued up to the armpits and shaking and in pain and he was blithely checking his emails, eating biscuits and asking me if I would mind cleaning the loo when I'd finished vomiting in it because otherwise it smelled funny He never bloody catches anything!