Chickenpox death toll reaches 15 in Faisalabad


Another victim of chickenpox died in Faisalabad on Saturday taking the death toll to 15 during the current year in the region. According to reports, the latest victim identified as thirty year old Shahid expired in allied hospital. Two more patients of chickenpox are on ventilator in critical condition, doctors said. The city is grappling with chickenpox, a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV)., which has already taken a toll of over 14 lives in Allied Hospital alone.
With four more victims of chickenpox admitted to Allied Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Punjab Medical College, the number of patients has surged to 60. Hospital sources revealed that condition of Asghar Ali, a resident of Miani Wala, was critical and he has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
According to the hospital sources, the condition of seven other patients being treated in the isolation ward was also critical. It is also alarming that two doctors and a nurse of Allied Hospital have contracted chickenpox while treating the patients. In 2016, as many as 28 chickenpox patients had been admitted in Allied Hospital.
The hospital record revealed that in the first three months of the current year, 21 patients of chickenpox were admitted to Allied Hospital. Out of these 21 patients, six have died, 11 were discharged while four were still under treatment. In April, another 40 patients were admitted with chickenpox symptoms and six of them died during treatment. There is a growing number of patients of chickenpox undergoing treatment in private and public hospitals of the Faisalabad region.
The exact number of such patients is unavailable while the local health authorities are not monitoring such cases to take immediate measures to check spread of chicken pox diseases in and Faisalabad vicinity. It seems the health department has failed to combat chickenpox breakout in the city owing to non-availability of vaccination in hospitals.—APP

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