Chickenpox Hits Cox’s Bazar

Rohingya parents who had never heard of chickenpox are getting a crash course, with ~65,000 cases cropping up in the last few months in the Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh refugee camps.

Mohammad Ahsanul Kabir, a physician there, says the Rohingya evidently had little exposure to the virus—or vaccines—before they fled.

They weren’t getting any WHO-recommended childhood immunizations—not just for chickenpox, but for diseases like diphtheria, measles, and polio. The Myanmar government are "not at all bothered" with providing health care for these people, says Kabir.

And while chickenpox isn’t usually life threatening, the outbreak shows how quickly disease can spread in the camps.

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