Vietnam: Hanoi reports 13,600% increase in chickenpox cases


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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi, the city has recorded 70 cases of chickenpox this week, down slightly from the previous week when Hanoi saw 112 cases of chickenpox.

Number of lesions of varicella or chickenpox on the face of a young child/Center for Disease Control

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

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

Chickenpox patients were registered in 18/30 districts, with some districts having a large number of cases, led by Chuong My with 230 cases, followed by Me Linh with 69 cases, Ba Vi (60 cases). Nam Tu Lim (56 cases), My Doc (42 cases).

Nationally, Vietnam has recorded 3,200 cases of chickenpox so far.

Chickenpox (varicella) is easily transmitted from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing or through fluid from the blister of a person with chickenpox. Although it is not usually 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 people, children under 1 year of age, and adults. Serious 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 can develop serious complications and die from varicella. Another high-risk group is pregnant women who, if they develop varicella, can develop pregnancy complications. Not only is chickenpox painful, but once you have chickenpox, you are at risk of developing herpes zoster later in life, which is also very painful and can cause chronic, permanent pain in adults.

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The chickenpox vaccine is the best way to prevent infection and the spread of the varicella virus. It is very safe and prevents almost all cases of severe disease.

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