Mumps

Posted by Tricia on 25 September 2013 | 0 Comments

Mumps is an infectious viral disease most commonly affecting children between the ages of 5-15 year of age. The mumps virus above all affects one or both of the parotid glands which are the largest of the three salivary glands. These are located in the cheeks in front of and extending to just below the ears. As in most childhood diseases in normal healthy children, mumps is usually not serious and many cases are so mild that they may go undetected.

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English measles

Posted by Tricia on 5 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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English Measles is caused by Morbillivirus. It is an epidemic illness also known as rubeola (German measles is known as rubella) This childhood disease was extremely common before the introduction of vaccinations. In children it expresses itself with runny nose, fever, headache, conjuctivitis and/or light sensitivity, Koplik's spots and a red rash which spreads over the body.

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Whooping Cough

Posted by Tricia on 5 March 2013 | 2 Comments

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Whooping cough is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, hence it's medical name pertussis. The typical symptoms of this respiratory infection are inflammation of the mucus membranes with lots of mucus and a distinctive cough which ends in a whooping sound. The disease is more likely to occur in spring and summer.

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Chickenpox

Posted by on 27 February 2013 | 0 Comments

Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is a highly contagious acute viral disease that expresses itself through skin eruptions and usually mild constitutional symptoms. Chicken pox is one of the common childhood diseases. Symptoms can range from mild to severe but oft-times can be so mild that parents don’t even realise that their child has contracted chickenpox.

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