The Kyrgyzstan Department of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance reported 9,205 chickenpox cases were registered in Kyrgyzstan since start of the year. Most of the cases are in children under the age of 14.
369 people were hospitalized with the infection.
During the first four months of 2021, Kyrgyzstan saw 972 cases.
Chickenpox (varicella) is easily passed from one person to another through the air by coughing or sneezing or through the fluid from a blister of a person who has chickenpox. Although it is usually not a serious illness, it often causes children and their parents to miss days at school and work. Most cases of chickenpox in healthy children are treated with bed rest, fluids, and fever control.
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Chickenpox can be more severe and cause more complications in immunocompromised persons, children younger than 1 year of age and adults. Severe complications include bacterial skin infections, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and death.