Tuesday, April 23, 2024

15 cases of chickenpox

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FIFTEEN?CASES?of chickenpox have been reported in Barbados for the first six weeks of this year.
This number, according to Ministry of Health, is based on cases seen – 13 at the polyclinics and two at the Psychiatric Hospital.
Senior medical officer of health Dr Karen Springer said statistics for the past five years showed that 313 cases were reported in 2008; 753 in 2009; 279 in 2010; 223 in 2011; 149 in 2012 and 124 in 2013.  
Springer said chickenpox was a viral infection that did not respond to antibiotics and treatment should be based on reducing symptoms such as fever and itchiness. She said parents could do several things at home to help relieve their children’s chickenpox symptoms.

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