UAE: Doctors Caution Residents against chickenpox risk as summer approaches

Recent observations point to a surge in chickenpox incidents affecting both adults and children, prompting doctors in the UAE to caution residents as temperatures climb.

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The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox, which is characterized by symptoms like fever, sore throat, and a distinctive rash.

Dr. Fiaz Ahamed, an infection control physician at Thumbay University Hospital, emphasized the potential rise in chickenpox cases as summer approaches, citing various seasonal factors. Increased outdoor activities and travel lead to greater social interaction, providing ample opportunities for the virus to spread among individuals, especially in crowded settings such as parks, pools, and children's camps. Additionally, school breaks and vacations result in heightened proximity among children, facilitating virus transmission.

Physicians highlighted the role of schools and daycare centers in facilitating the spread of chickenpox among children due to their close interactions. The recent uptick in reported cases underscores concerns about diminished immunity and the highly contagious nature of the varicella-zoster virus. This virus spreads through person-to-person contact via airborne or droplet routes, with a significant risk of transmission during close contact. Its incubation period ranges from 10 to 21 days, with patients becoming infectious 24 to 48 hours before the appearance of the rash.

Dr. Pavithra V. Reddy, a specialist in internal medicine at the Prime Medical Center Motor City branch, elaborated on the symptoms of chickenpox, including itching and fluid-filled blisters that eventually form scabs across the body. The rising summer temperatures create favorable conditions for the accelerated spread of the disease, underscoring the importance of isolating infected individuals to prevent further transmission.

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