January 11th: The low temperatures associated with winter and the dense population of India may have contributed to the increased number of chicken pox inpatient and outpatient cases reported at Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases at Chinchpokli, Mumbai. Physicians are surprised by the sudden spike in the number of people affected as in the first 10 […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of January, 2016"
January 3rd: The temperature fluctuation of over 20°C in the past few days in Pune, India has caused an increase in the cases of chicken pox, fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. To paraphrase Avinash Bhondwe, the senior vice-president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Maharashtra : ” The fluctuations in temperature – the cold wave followed by […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 1 of January, 2016"
Dec 11: There has been an outbreak of chicken pox within Her Majesty’s Prison located on St John City, Antigua as confirmed by their National Security Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin. The Minister mentioned that Albert Wade, the Superintendent of Prisons, had reported that there were some suspected cases of contagious disease that is spreading among […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of December, 2015"
On October 26 2015, Sinovac Dalian, a subsidiary of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. received the approval to conduct human clinical trials (Phase I) using their vaccine candidate from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). More about the stages of the clinical trials can be found here: WHO Clinical Trial Report The candidate in question is a […]Read more "Varicella Vaccine Candidate Receives Clinical Trial Green Light"
Chicken Pox, also known as Varicella is a virulent disease caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV). A Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) of the VZV. VZV is a Group I (dsDNA) that only infects humans. It replicates in the nasopharynx and nearby lymph nodes becoming viremic, spreading to the other organs and the sensory […]Read more "What is Chicken Pox?"