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Report: Unvaccinated KY teen who sued health department gets chickenpox

The Kentucky high school student who went to court to fight his school’s efforts to slow a chickenpox outbreak has gotten the illness, according to a report. (Photo: WXIX TV)

By John P. Wise | May 8, 2019 at 12:18 PM EDT – Updated May 8 at 4:48 PM

(WAVE) – The Kentucky high school student who went to court to fight his school’s efforts to slow a chickenpox outbreak has gotten the illness, according to a report.

Kunkel, a senior at Assumption Academy in Walton, sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department for keeping him and several other students out of school due to the outbreak this year.

Kunkel and more than 20 other students declined the chickenpox vaccine because their religious beliefs are opposed to it.

Kunkel was barred from playing basketball for his school during the controversy, which made national headlines. A judge ruled against him, but his attorney has since appealed. A ruling has not been announced in the case.

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