UPDATE 3-WHO: reported Ugandan smallpox is likely chickenpox

(Recasts throughout after WHO says cases are likely chickenpox)

LONDON, March 25 (BestGrowthStock) – Suspected cases of the
previously eradicated disease smallpox in eastern Uganda appear
to be chickenpox and not the acute contagious disease, the World
Health Organisation said on Thursday.

“It appears that the supposed cases of smallpox are actually
cases of chickenpox, and that they have occurred over the past
three weeks — this is not an acute event,” WHO spokesman
Gregory Hartl said in a statement. “WHO has communicated this
latest information to its member states.”

The WHO said earlier on Thursday it was investigating
reports of suspected cases of smallpox in eastern Uganda.

Smallpox can sometimes be confused with chickenpox, a
worldwide infection of children that is very rarely dangerous.

Smallpox kills around 30 percent of its victims and was one
of the world’s most feared sicknesses until it was officially
declared eradicated worldwide in 1979.

Chickenpox produces much more superficial lesions which tend
to appear more on the trunk than the face or hands.
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(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Philippa Fletcher)

UPDATE 3-WHO: reported Ugandan smallpox is likely chickenpox