The need for surveillance

In medicine, it is said that “common things are common” and that they tend to be reasonably well managed. This is generally the case for conditions such as febrile convulsions, pneumonia and gastroenteritis. 

Uncommon conditions are less readily recognised and may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

Such conditions require awareness among clinicians and, despite their infrequency, need to be monitored or prevented where possible. 

One such uncommon condition is congenital and neonatal varicella

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