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Kerala Sees Surge in Chickenpox Cases, Urges Vaccination and Hygiene Practices

Kerala is currently experiencing a significant rise in chickenpox cases, with 6744 infections and nine deaths reported in the last 75 days. Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, manifests as an itchy rash of small, red blisters and is spread through respiratory droplets or direct contact with the blisters' fluid.

Symptoms of chickenpox include fever, headache, and fatigue. While it primarily affects children, it can also occur in adults, with complications being more likely in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women or individuals with weakened immune systems.

Prevention is key to managing chickenpox outbreaks. Vaccination provides effective immunity against the virus, with routine vaccination recommended to start at age 12-15 months and a booster dose at 4-6 years. Additionally, avoiding close contact with infected individuals during their contagious period can reduce the risk of transmission.

Maintaining good hygiene practices is also crucial in preventing the spread of chickenpox. This includes regular handwashing with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding sharing personal items, especially if someone in the household has chickenpox. It is important to isolate infected individuals until all lesions have crusted over to minimize transmission.

By following these preventive measures, individuals can protect themselves and others from chickenpox and help control its spread in the community.



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