10 students from Plumb Elementary school in Clearwater, Pinellas County, USA, have been diagnosed with chicken pox.
The Department Of Health(DOH)-Pinellas has encouraged parents to vaccinate their infants and children and will continue to monitor the varicella cluster.
The spike in chicken pox cases that require hospitalisation has started to decline, but VZV continues to spread among the adult population. Currently, there are 55 chicken pox patients admitted into the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, most of whom are adults.
This is compared to 78 patients admitted into the hospital 2 weeks ago, where most patients are discharged after 5-7 days, with patients only admitted if they had chicken pox complicated with pneumonitis.
Several medical professionals have also commented that the VZV infection is localised and does not seem to be spreading to other districts.
Dr Shahid Barmare from Kohinoor Hospital mentioned while cases of pox were reported in December, the number of these cases have now dwindled to zero. According to him, the virus must be circulating in isolated form in very few areas as there has not been an increase in the number of inpatient and outpatient cases elsewhere.
While in the Western suburbs of Mumbai, the incidence of chicken pox was not very high. Dr Tanu Singhal, a paediatric infectious diseases expert, said no cases were brought to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
“While we heard of an outbreak in few areas, the pattern was not uniform. In this part of the city, we treated no chicken pox cases in children,” she said.