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Chicken pox cases on rise until May in HCM City

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  • Chicken pox cases on rise until May in HCM City


    Last update 21/02/2011 08:00:00 AM (GMT+7)
    Chicken pox cases on rise until May

    VietNamNet Bridge - The number of patients hospitalised with chicken pox in HCM City is expected to increase until May, according to Dr Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy head of the city's Preventive Medicine Centre.

    This was the peak season for the disease, Tho said.

    Dr Truong Huu Khanh, head of the Peadiatrics Hospital No1's Infectious Ward, said that increasing numbers of children had been admitted to the hospital with chicken pox, also known as varicella, for last two weeks. The number of children found with the varicella-zoster virus had increased 150 per cent over last month and would increase further in the coming months, he said.

    Most of the children with the chicken pox were those who had not yet been vaccinated or had been vaccinated just once, Khanh said. The normal vaccination protocol for chicken pox is one shot for children under 13 and two shots for those above this age...