KD News Desk
At least 2 schools were closed for a week after chicken-pox outbreak in a village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said
Dozen students have taken ill due to the outbreak of chicken pox in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district official sources said to Kashmir Despatch.
They complained of fever and respiratory problems followed by appearance of scars on their skin, said a resident to Kashmir Despatch.
A health official said that the disease at first erupted in a private school and latter spread among other children of the village.
the outbreak has triggered panic in the village with the families left to take care of their children at their houses instead of schools.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral illness that is common in children and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. The infection is characterized by fever and itchy, red spots usually appearing on the chest and stomach first, and then appears in crops over the entire body.
Chief Education Officer Budgam Inderjeet Sharma said that in wake of the outbreak and a health advisory two schools have been closed for a week since May 9.
2015 Kashmir Despatch