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Recent Vaccines

Infectious diseases continue to be a major health hazard in all developing countries.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 16, 2003 20:02 IST
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Infectious diseases continue to be a major health hazard in all developing countries, including India. Fortunately medical research continues to give us new tools to tackle at least some of these problems.

New vaccines are being discovered. These help in combating life threatening and debilitating diseases. This section will post news on the latest vaccines in the market.

About Chicken Pox

What is Chicken Pox?

Chicken Pox or Varicella Zoster is an infectious disease. It is usually not life threatening.

But in some special cases it can cause complications which are serious. Its symptoms are:

Itchy blister on the face, limbs and trunk.

It may be accompanied by fever, cough, restlessness and loss of appetite.

Route of Spread:

Through physical contact with the infected persons. The infected person can communicate the disease from a day or two before the rashes appear on his body to about five or six days after.

Through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes

Through contact with a person who has shingles.

Who is Susceptible?

Who can get chicken pox?

Both adults and children can get chicken pox. It is more common in children below ten years of age. But when adults get it the attack can be virulent.

What are the complications Chicken Pox might lead to?

Chicken pox could lead to bacterial infections from scratching the sores. It could also lead to two more serious conditions: encephalitis and pneumonia.

About ten to twenty percent of people who have had chicken pox develop shingle later in life.

In whom does chicken pox likely to cause more complications?

Infants

Pregnant women

Elderly

People with poor immune systems.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Oct 16, 2003 20:02 IST