By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Village officials are reporting a chickenpox outbreak that has affected hundreds of people across all age groups in Bihar’s Gaya district in eastern India.

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Village officials say, “Health officials of Gaya have never visited our village since the chicken pox break out began.”

K.K. Rai, the civil surgeon of Gaya said: “We have learnt about the disease in villages falling under Pairaiya block and a team of medical officers were sent there for inspection on Friday.

“We will take action after the reports from the medical team.”

“We have asked villagers to keep the patients indoor and sanitize the area. It is equally important apart from medical assistance to the patients,” Rai said.

Chickenpox (varicella) is easily passed from one person to another through the air by coughing or sneezing or through the fluid from a blister of a person who has chickenpox.  Although it is usually not a serious illness, it often causes children and their parents to miss days at school and work. Most cases of chickenpox in healthy children are treated with bed rest, fluids, and fever control.

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Chickenpox can be more severe and cause more complications in immunocompromised persons, children younger than 1 year of age and adults. Severe complications include bacterial skin infections, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and death.

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It is important to be aware that even healthy children and adults may develop serious complications and die from varicella. Another high-risk group is pregnant women who, if they become ill with varicella, can have pregnancy complications. Not only is chickenpox painful, but once you have been infected with chickenpox, you are at risk of getting shingles later in life, which is also very painful and can cause lasting chronic pain in adults.

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The chickenpox vaccine is the best way to prevent becoming ill and spreading the varicella virus. It is very safe and prevents almost all cases of severe illness.