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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi, the city recorded 70 cases of chickenpox this week, a slight decrease compared to the previous week when Hanoi saw 112 cases of chickenpox.

A number of varicella, or chickenpox lesions on the face of a young child/CDC

Since the beginning of the year, Hanoi has recorded 548 cases of chickenpox, while during the same period in 2022, 4 cases were recorded for an increase of 13,600 percent.

Most of the case were reported in the preschool age group (36.5%) and primary school (38%).

Chickenpox patients were recorded in 18/30 districts, in which some districts have a high number of cases, led by Chuong My with 230 cases, followed by Me Linh with 69 cases, Ba Vi (60 cases). Nam Tu Liem (56 cases), My Duc (42 cases).

Nationally, Vietnam has recorded 3200 chickenpox cases to date.

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.

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.