Chicken Pox: Varicella-Zoster- Its Epidemiology

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Chicken Pox: Varicella-Zoster- Its Epidemiology Grand Canyon University A communicable disease that affects any age group is Varicella, or more commonly known as Chicken Pox. This contagious disease is caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus. A person who has not had the virus, or has been vaccinated with chicken pox can get the disease. Symptoms of chicken pox include high fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, and headaches. Chicken pox causes fluid filled blisters that show up on the face, chest and back, then spreading onto the rest of the body. The fluid filled blisters eventually turns into scabs as the disease progresses. A person who received the chicken pox vaccine can get the virus, but with a mild case of the symptoms such as a…show more content…
If the patient is on an air borne or droplet precautions, masks are to worn by staff and visitors. Finally, and the most important thing, is proper hygiene, such as washing hands before and after care for the patients and attending to their area. Within the household, it is necessary for those that would have a higher risk of complications from the virus to not come in contact with those that have been infected. With the proper health resources, knowledge on how to control the infection from spread is as important as tackling the virus itself. The epidemiologic triangle of Chicken pox includes the Virus as its agent. This virus is called the Varicella-Zoster virus. As any virus, it cannot live or grow on its own, therefore it infects other viable cells in the body, therefore becoming contagious. The second vertices, the host, of chicken pox would be the infected human. A person would not initially know they have been infected with the virus through its initial symptoms, as the more physical and notifiable symptoms of chickens pox, the blisters, do not show until 1 to 2 days after becoming infected. The third point of the epidemiologic is its environment. The virus is favorable of growing in crowded environment, such as when school children pass germs to one another when

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