Cases of children suffering from scarlet fever and chicken pox have increased significantly in Sofia, reported Trud online. In the last week alone, the number of sick children has doubled.
In the period from March 07 to March 13 this year, 194 cases of chicken pox and 51 of scarlet fever were registered in Sofia, according to a report by the Metropolitan Regional Health Inspectorate. The previous week, cases of infectious diseases were twice as few - 77 patients with chicken pox and 20 with scarlet fever.
"Out of 25 children in my son's daycare group, only 10 are left. All the absent kids are sick with smallpox," a worried mother told Trud. She added that she was afraid to let her child go to kindergarten in order not to get sick again, since he had already had scarlet fever.
We remind you that scarlet fever is not smallpox in the true sense of the word, as it is caused by a bacterium, not a virus. No lasting immunity is built to it after an illness, and re-infection is possible, both in children and adults.
Chickenpox, on the other hand, is a viral infection that causes immunity to build up after the child has had it. It occurs with the appearance of red spots 5-10 mm in size, which quickly turn into bubbles filled with a clear liquid. Then they darken and crusts form in their place.
You can see more about the different types of measles, how to recognize them and useful information for parents HERE