Chicken Pox

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Chickenpox Epidemiology Grand Canyon University: NRS-427V June 7, 2014 Chickenpox is disease caused by the virus varicella-zoster. It is most common in children under the age of fifteen but still possible for older children and adults to obtain. Chickenpox appears as an itchy red rash all over the body, the rash can turn into fluid filled blisters other symptoms include, fevers, headaches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Chickenpox is very contagious and can be spread even when there are no symptoms. Varicella incubation period is fourteen to sixteen days from time of exposure but potentially could be ten to twenty-one days (CDC, 2013). The mode of transmission for varicella is direct contact of the blisters, or through the…show more content…
Normally children under the age of fifteen years old develop chickenpox. Chickenpox is most common in the end of winter months and the beginning of spring. Chickenpox is a global disease but, the chickenpox vaccine availability is decreasing the prevalence of the disease (Mayo Clinic, 2013). In the epidemiologic triangle chicken pox is caused by the virus varicella-zoster. Varicella-zoster affects people globally. The host of the virus is humans living in the region. The host is normally below the age of fifteen but adults are able to obtain the disease as well. If an adult were to develop chicken pox the possible complications from it are greater than if a child were to develop the disease. Any healthy person is able to develop chicken pox if exposed to the disease. If a person is vaccinated the chances are decreased by seventy-five percent. The disease can be transferred directly from infected person to well person, or indirectly such as sharing bedding with an infected person who has sores or rash present. The varicella-zoster virus does have short life once outside it’s host (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Varicella-zoster is a virus that is categorized in the herpesvirus group. Varicella-zoster’s primary infection leads to chicken pox but also has the ability to be latent in the system and later in life appear as shingles (herepe’s zoster,

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