PATNA: Chicken pox, a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus, has struck Bihar in a virulent form, raising fears of epidemic.
According to a report of the health department, the most easily communicative disease has now spread in 22 districts of Bihar, affecting around 4,000 people, in the past four months. Majority of the victims are children.
Authorities said a total of 3,822 people were afflicted with this disease in the past four months since January this year. Of the total people affected with the disease, 572 happen to be from Patna alone.
The worst affected districts are Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Patna, Munger, Banka, Jehanabad, Samastipur, Nalanda and Siwan.
According to health experts, Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. It may be spread from one to two days before the rash appears until all lesions have crusted over.
It usually starts on the chest, back, and face then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include fever, feeling tired, and headaches. Symptoms usually last for five to ten days.