Many chickenpox cases have been reported across the province Punjab and this has raised alarm among the locals and health professionals as this is an offseason for the disease.
During the last month, more than one hundred and twenty cases of chickenpox were reported. A resident of Faisalabad lost his life owing to the complications caused by the disease.
Chickenpox infection normally occurs and spreads during the spring season. The emergence of so many cases during the winter season—which is an offseason for the disease to be viral has raised enough alarm with the Directorate General of Health Services—Punjab to bring this to the notice of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department with advice relating the control and prevention of the infection and its treatment for the suffering patients.
Highest cases of chickenpox have been reported from the district of Muzaffargarh which are forty-one, followed by Attock with a count of thirty-seven during this winter season. Five chickenpox cases were reported in Lahore.
Doctors say that casualties are rare in chickenpox cases. In time diagnosis and providing early treatment is essential to save lives. Lack of proper in time treatment could lead to secondary infections which could prove fatal.
The symptoms of the infections are rashes and blisters, high fever varying from 100 to 105 F, sore throat and body ache. Blisters could be water-filled in some cases.
The incubation span of the disease could be in between fourteen to twenty-one days. In males above the age of thirteen years, complications of the infection could cause inflammation of the testes that may lead to sterility. The patient needs to be kept in complete isolation until the blisters completely dry up. If the infection is diagnosed early, it could be controlled to a larger extent. The individuals who suffer from chickenpox develops immunity against the virus.
Varicella Zoster Virus enters via the respiratory system and targets the skin and peripheral nerve. One or two days prior to the rashes, is when the virus is in the most infectious state. In about ten to twenty percent of cases, VZC reactivates later in life, causing a disease called as herpes zoster.
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