12 confirmed cases of chickenpox confirmed in Mexicali’s migrant shelter

MEXICALI, BC- Tuesday, May 7, 2019.- Upon notification of May 3, about probable cases of varicella in the facilities of the Alfa and Omega shelter, Epidemiology staff of the Health Services Jurisdiction of Mexicali, carried out a study in which 12 confirmed cases of chickenpox were detected.

The State Head of Epidemiology of ISESALUD, Oscar Efrén Zazueta Fierro, said that the first affected age group was 1 to 4 years old, with three cases, from 5 to 14 years old, with five cases, from 15 to 24 years old, with two, and from 25 to 44 years with two cases as well.

General recommendations have been given to the immigrants, hand washing, basic sanitation, as well as training for staff and residents of the shelter in isolation and contact protocoles.

He recalled that chickenpox is a common disease in childhood, with symptoms such as fever, headache, stomach, skin blisters, scabs and itching; It should be noted that in pregnant women, very young children or immunocompromised people, this condition can become serious.

He noted that in Baja California, in 2018 there was a record of 5,907 cases of chickenpox, of which 1,557 were registered in the Municipality of Mexicali (Valley and San Felipe), 2,695 in Tijuana, 162 in Playas de Rosarito, 151 in Tecate and 1,342 in Ensenada. It should be noted that so far in 2019, a total of 2.159 have bee recorded in the state of Baja California.

Source: Gobierno del Estado de Baja California

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