Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--18

Varicella infection during 6-year period of medical degree study of medical students


Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 KMT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Nigeria; University of Nis, Nis, Serbia; Dr DY Patil, Medical University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand




How to cite this article:
Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Varicella infection during 6-year period of medical degree study of medical students.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:17-18


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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Varicella infection during 6-year period of medical degree study of medical students. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 22 ];8:17-18
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Dear Sir,

Varicella is an important infection that can be seen worldwide. At present, it has become an occupational health concern for medical workers. [1] The varicella vaccination is a topic that is widely discussed for its cost-effectiveness. For the medical personnel, a forgotten group is the one that comprises medical students. The epidemiological data of varicella among medical students is the basic information for the planning of vaccine strategies. [2] To provide the vaccine for medical students, the first question is on the status of varicella infection of the students. However, the topic that has been least mentioned is the risk of the students getting infected during their medical practice. Here, the authors report an observation among a group of 152 medical students (at a medical college in a tropical country, the name of the college is blinded due to privacy reasons) for the 6-year period of medical degree study. Interestingly, based on the derived information, only one medical student (0.66% or equal to 0.11% per year) had varicella infection during clinical practice. This rate is not high and therefore, not a challenge for the cost-effectiveness issue regarding giving varicella vaccination to the medical students.

References

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2Allami A, Mohammadi N, Najar A. Seroepidemiology of Varicella and value of self-reported history of Varicella infection in Iranian medical students. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2014;27:304-13.