Chickenpox patients increase 700% at AdventHealth Centra Care locations

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

AdventHealth Centra Care reported a 700% increase in patients with chickenpox at its locations over the past two weeks. 

Officials with the healthcare provider said in a news release, “since the chickenpox vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 1995, the number of chickenpox cases has fallen by as much as 90 percent.”

AdventHealth Centra Care officials recommend you call a health care provider if an infected person is older than 12 years of age, has a weakened immune system, is pregnant or if they develop any of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever that lasts longer than four days
  • Fever that rises above 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) 
  • Any areas of the rash or any part of the body that becomes very red, warm or tender, or begins leaking pus, since these symptoms may indicate a bacterial infection 
  • Extreme illness 
  • Difficult waking up or confused demeanor 
  • Stiff neck 
  • Frequent vomiting 
  • Difficulty breathing

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