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Chicken pox out-break in Kohima
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Jun. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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Out-break of Chicken pox, an air borne disease has been reported in few schools in the state capital during the past two months. Talking to this Correspondent, Khedi Baptist School, Kohima Headmaster Kethosituo Mepfhii-o said that about 20 cases were reported during the past two months (April-May) in the school and that the cases of three minor students were reported grave. He said the students had appeared their mid-term examinations in segregation so as to prevent spreading the disease to other students. Few other schools in Kohima also reported chicken pox out-break, sources said. There were apprehensions that the air borne disease might spread faster outside the schools given the fact that people live as a community. Another apprehension is that with the onset of the summer season, air and water borne diseases might hit the state and the people have urged upon the health and family welfare department to take precautionary measures and steps to contain the diseases. When contacted, doctors working in government and private nursing homes also confirmed that they have come across few cases of Chicken pox, especially among the children. Meanwhile, speaking on the phone, health and family welfare minister Kuzholuzo Nienuo (Azo) said that his department officials were already in touch with the school education department to oversee the reported cases of Chicken Pox in the state capital. Azo said he had alerted his department, the Rapid Action Team and assured necessary help to tackle the disease and also urged the schools to report to his department. Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease caused by primary infection with Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). It generally starts with a vesicular skin rash appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and the itching develops into raw pockmarks, small open sores which heal mostly without scarring. Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease that spreads from person to person by direct contact or by air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. Touching the fluid from a chickenpox blister can also spread the disease.

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