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CHICKEN POX (VARICELLA-ZOSTER VIRUS)

What is chicken pox?

Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection causing itchy skin rash with blisters. It is highly contagious to those who have not had the disease or have not been vaccinated against it.

What causes cholera?

It is caused by varicella-zoster virus.

How is it spread?

It can be spread by the following:

  • Airborne respiratory droplets (cough, sneeze)-Breathing in particles can come from the chicken pox.
  • By touching a contaminated surface (doorknob, blanket or napkins).
  • Skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs).
  • From mother to baby by pregnancy, labour, or nursing ( also baby to mother during nursing).
  • By saliva (shared drinks, kissing).

Who is at risk?

Children under age 2 are more at risk for chicken pox. About 90% of all cases occur in young children. However, older children and adults can get it as well. The risk increases if one:

  • Have not had the virus before
  • Have not been vaccinated against the disease
  • Work in school or child care facility
  • Live with children

 

What are the symptoms?

Typically appears within 10 to 21 days after been exposed to the virus. First is a general feeling of unwell that is followed by:

  • Chicken pox itchy rash all over the body with blisters (in severe cases forms in the eyes, mouth, anus, genitals).
  • Body aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Fatigue (feeling extremely tired)
  • Feeling irritable
  • Headache

 

 

How do we prevent chicken pox?

Vaccination– it is recommended that children be immunized with the varicella zoster vaccine to prevent chicken pox. It is also recommended for all adolescents and adults who have not been vaccinated and have not had chicken pox

How do I get vaccinated?

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