Azan Khan, 10 years old, suffers from a rare highly contagious disease, Chicken pox poses for a picture in his residental house on July 14, 2018 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administrated Kashmir, India. Chicken pox (in Kashmiri KHANDBAHALE) also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus(VZV). The disease results in a characteristic skin rash that forms small, itchy blisters, which eventually scab over. It usually starts on the chest, back, and face then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include fever, tiredness, and headaches. Symptoms usually last five to seven days. Complications may occasionally include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and bacterial skin infections. The disease is often more severe in adults than in children. Symptoms begin 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus. Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. It may be spread from one to two days before the rash appears until all lesions have crusted over. It may also spread through contact with the blisters. Dermatitis can have many causes and occurs in many forms and it usually involves an itchy rash on the swollen and reddened skin. According to figures available with Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, at least 207 cases of chickenpox were reported in Kashmir between January-December 2017. Photo by Mir Yasir Mukhtar.
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