According to the Hanoi CDC, in the past week, the city has recorded 166 cases of chickenpox, nearly doubling the number compared to the previous week. The cumulative total from the beginning of 2023 until now, Hanoi has recorded about 800 cases of chickenpox, a very strong increase compared to the same period in 2022 (only 11 cases). No deaths from chickenpox have been reported so far.
Currently, the capital has appeared more clusters of chickenpox cases at: Chu Minh Kindergarten (Ba Vi district, Hanoi) has 12 cases; Tam Hiep Commune Central Kindergarten (Phuc Tho District, Hanoi) has 9 cases; Ngo Thi Nham Primary School (Ta Thanh Oai Commune, Thanh Tri District) has 20 cases; Ha Bang Kindergarten (Thach That District) has 12 cases.
The Hanoi CDC forecasts that the number of chickenpox cases will tend to increase in the near future when the weather conditions are as humid as today. Therefore, continuing to strengthen the coordination between the Health and Education sectors in the prevention, control and handling of clusters of chickenpox cases in schools is very urgent. Schools and units also need to closely monitor the health of students in order to detect cases of illness early for timely handling.
There is a vaccine to prevent chickenpox, but in recent times, many parents have not given the vaccine to their children. According to the doctor’s recommendation, chickenpox is transmitted directly through the respiratory tract (coughing, sneezing, talking, …) when healthy people come into contact with sick people. In addition, chickenpox can also be transmitted indirectly when healthy people come into contact with the patient’s daily life items such as bed sheets, towels, clothes, etc.
Although it is a mild and benign disease, there are still cases of chickenpox with complications, especially for children under 1 year of age, pregnant women, children with immunocompromised diseases, people infected with chickenpox. HIV AIDS.
The most common complications are skin infections, shingles. Particularly, pregnant women with chickenpox are prone to complications that cause birth defects for the fetus. In addition, the disease also causes dangerous complications such as hemorrhage, meningitis, sepsis, cellulitis, hepatitis, pneumonia,… Some cases of chickenpox can lead to death. death if the patient is not treated promptly.
Therefore, proactive prevention of chickenpox is the best option to prevent unpredictable complications of this disease. To date, the most effective way to prevent the disease is still the chickenpox vaccine.
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