Thrissur: Chickenpox is gripping its hold in the state, say health reports. Between January and October 2018, 144 people died of chickenpox in the state. The victims were those affected by chickenpox along with other diseases.
Chickenpox claimed more lives among the communicable diseases. The health department has been put on high alert to combat the virus from spreading. In 2015, no deaths were recorded due to chickenpox. However, one death was reported in 2016. But in the next year, 20 persons died due to chickenpox and 27,856 were affected by the virus. In 2018 till October, 20,911 persons were affected by chickenpox and 144 deaths were reported.
Except hepatitis A, diarrhea, Japanese encephalitis and chickenpox, the state could control the other communicable diseases in 2018.
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Changing climate: a favourable condition for diseases
The changing climate in Kerala facilitates a favourable condition for chickenpox virus. Not providing timely treatment causes deaths in these cases. Chickenpox in elderly people and those who are already affected with other diseases could lead to serious condition. Genetic changes in chickenpox virus is suspected and thorough research is needed. Deteriorating immune system in humans is also a reason for the spread of the disease, said Prof Dr. B Padmakumar, Alappuzha Medical College.