There is anxiety among locals and health officials in Arua City following an outbreak of Chicken Pox in Ayiforo Cell Dadamu Ward Ayivu Division.
Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus and causes an itchy rash with small, fluid-filled blisters and is highly contagious to people who haven’t had the disease or been vaccinated against it.
Reports indicate that a 14-year-old girl has been admitted at Arua referral hospital while over 30 others in the same cell have shown signs of the disease and are battling it at home.
Elias Mahmud in charge of Risk Communication and Laboratory Services Arua City said they have received reports that eight members of the family where the admitted girl comes from in Ayiforo Cell have already been infected by the disease.
Godfrey Apangu the Principal Health Inspector Arua City said their findings showed that 33 Children and eight adults have signs of Chickenpox and some have been receiving treatment from a local retired nurse in the area.
According to Apangu, there is a need for immediate intervention to treat the affected and stop the further spread of the disease.
Meanwhile Gasper Adia, the Surveillance Focal Person Arua City has attributed the quick spread of the disease to communities not reporting it in time.
He therefore appealed to LCs and VHTs to promptly report any strange sicknesses they notice in their communities using the integrated disease surveillance platform for immediate intervention.
Chickenpox affects both the vaccinated and unvaccinated persons but the impacts are more severe in those unvaccinated.