Steering clear of Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease. Photo Contributed

WITH confirmed cases of scabies at Cannonvale State School yesterday, comes another stark reminder to keep safe from infections and problematic illnesses.

Now also reported in Cannonvale are cases of the common and highly contagious disease Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Information provided by Queensland Health states Chickenpox starts with symptoms similar to a cold including a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough.

After a day or two, a rash starts to develop with small pink blotches quickly becoming itchy blisters which last for three to four days before they dry out and turn into scabs.

There is no specific treatment for Chickenpox but it is suggested to try and prevent young children from scratching as scarring and secondary infections are a risk.

Highly infectious, the disease is easily spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash.

The best form of prevention is immunisation but maintaining good hygiene practices such as hand washing, particularly after contact with a sick person, can suffice.

However, if a person has already been infected with Chickenpox, they are already immune.

Parents with children at Cannonvale schools, kindergartens and day care centres are advised to keep their children at home if they present with Chickenpox symptoms.

Topics:  cannonvale chickenpox virus whitsundays

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