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The big return of chickenpox

In its weekly bulletin of the end of March 2017, the Sentinelles network reports a strong activity of chickenpox in France with 37 cases per 100 000 inhabitants. Several regions are affected including the Pays de la Loire and the Ile-de-France.

If winter is flu season, spring is chickenpox. The Sentinelles network has identified numerous cases of chickenpox across France. In its weekly newsletter, the network announced the great return of these itchy little pimples.

Particularly affected regions

Of the 8 regions where the activity is considered "strong", five regions are particularly affected, with per 100,000 inhabitants:

  • 74 cases in the Pays de la Loire.
  • 50 cases in Ile-de-France.
  • 49 cases in New Aquitaine.
  • 47 cases in the East.
  • 40 cases in the Hauts-de-France.

What to do in case of chicken pox?

  • Chicken pox is a disease caused by varicella zoster virus. It begins with an eruption of itchy pimples on various areas of the body. Very contagious, it is transmitted by respiratory way or in direct contact with lesions.
  • In case of infection, it is essential to consult un pediatrician, who will prescribe antihistamines, to relieve itching. It is important to cut children's nails to prevent them from scratching and apply an antiseptic or talc to the pimples after bathing.

Source Sentinels