Alert issued on chickenpox, scarlet fever
November 14, 2012
The Centre for Health Protection today reminded the public and schools to step up hygiene due to a recent increase in chickenpox and scarlet fever cases.
A total of 743 chickenpox cases were reported in October, compared to 390 in September. The weekly number of chickenpox notifications rose from 147 in the week ending October 6, to 239 in the week ending November 10.
The weekly number of scarlet fever cases increased from 10 in the week ending October 6, to 33 in the week ending November 10.
The centre issued letters to healthcare professionals and the management of schools and institutions today to alert them to the situation.
Chickenpox is transmitted by direct person-to-person contact, while scarlet fever is a bacterial infection caused by Group A Streptococcus which mostly affects children.