Chicken pox breaks out in preschool in HCMC

The Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City has confirmed an outbreak of chicken pox  in a preschool for autism pupils in Binh Thanh District.

The disease occurred in Tuoi Ngoc Preschool for autism children in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District, infecting 8 students and teachers. 36 autism students are studying in the preschool. The Center for Preventive Medicine in Binh Thanh District has conducted disinfection in the preschool.

Diseased children and teachers stayed at home for quarantine. The city health experts guided teachers and managers how to prevent the spread of the disease among children and teachers. Medical workers are keeping close eye on the situation in the school.

According to the Center for Preventive Medicine’s statistic, in the first month of 2015, around 10 children infected with chicken pox on average has been recorded in the city.

In a report on the disease, the Pediatrics Hospital No. 2 in HCMC said that it received 2 or 3 chicken pox inpatients a day on average.

The figure of chicken pox in the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 is more than 4 or 5 cases a day on average, said Dr. Truong Huu Khanh, head of the Infection Department of the Pediatrics Hospital No.1.

Dr. Khanh added that children in HCMC and neighboring provinces were being infected with the disease.

As usually, the disease occurs in March but this year it has seen in January.

By Gia Phu - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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