I was woken this morning to find my child with an Outbreak of chicken pox.First i had to find out what the Bio-safety level was it an Ebola outbreak i was dealing with, after ruling out a level 3+4 event…….
i approached this small infected spotted creature,several thoughts entered my mind,these were:
- Have i had chicken pox?
- Can i get it again?
- What if adults get it??
- What about shingles?
These thoughts rapidly replaced any sympathy thoughts i had as a mother with a sick child…mummy i need a cuddle…aaaaaahhhhh……what do i do?
- Shall i go near this child and show my love?
- shall i first get gloves and possibly a mask?
- risk kissing this infected spotted creature and die of shingles and related complications?
Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease that spreads from person to person by direct contact or by air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. Touching the fluid from a chickenpox blister can also spread the disease. A person with chickenpox is infectious from one to five days before the rash appears.
Infection in otherwise healthy adults tends to be more severe and active; treatment with antiviral drugs (e.g. aciclovir) is generally advised, as long as it is started within 24-48 hours from rash onset.Patients of any age with “depressed immune systems” or extensive eczema are at risk of more severe disease and should also be treated with antiviral medication.
In England and Wales, 75% of deaths due to chickenpox are in adults. Inflammation of the brain, or encephalitis, can occur in immunocompromised individuals…………..
Having freaked out to the point where i decided i am immunocompromised, i refused to cuddle or kiss this infection riddled carrier i decided to take the following precautions:
- Contain the creature in its own habitat (lock door)
- wear fully protective clothing when in same area(facial mask)
- de-contaminate after every encounter (bleach)
- Resist the creature cry’s for help and save yourself (ear muffs)
Following this i may have prevented the following Outbreaks:
- varicella pneumonia
- Lassa fever
- The Plague