Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chickenpox outbreak

Lusanda Bill
22 September 2010

There has been an outbreak of chickenpox in the Limpopo province. 94 cases of chickenpox have been confirmed in the province.

In Koedoeskop primary school in Waterberg 93 learners and a teacher were diagnosed with chickenpox.

Spokesperson Cecil Motsepe said.”The hardest-hit class was Grade 0 wherein 22 out of 46 children were infected while Grade 7 was the least affected with just one casualty in a class of 21 pupils”.

Chickenpox is highly infectious and spreads easily through coughing and sneezing and the most well known symptom is small red itchy spots which then turn into blisters.

It can take up to three weeks before signs of chickenpox show.

The department has stated that anyone who shows signs should get medical treatment immediately.

Few cases have been reported in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.

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