Chickenpox : An Infectious Disease

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Introduction Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is an infectious disease. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. This causes it to be categorized as one of the many airborne diseases in the world. Chickenpox is an infection that causes an itchy, blistering rash. It is caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), which enters the body through the mouth and nose after contact with an infected person. There are two types of the virus, the first being chickenpox and the second is shingles (herpes zoster) which is a recurrent infection of the Varicella Zoster Virus. Symptoms The Varicella Zoster Virus has many symptoms that can vary depending on the type of virus. The virus’ short-term symptoms occur during the Chickenpox. An infected person will show signs of the chickenpox virus on their skin and entire body. The infected person’s skin will appear to have blisters, red rashes, scabs, ulcers, or red spots. They will also experience whole body symptoms, which include fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. Other common symptoms include headaches, itching, pus, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes. In general, the chickenpox affects the infected person’s entire body. The second type of VZV, Shingles, has similar symptoms to Chickenpox but has been reported to be much more painful and long lasting. The body is affected more severely when infected with the Shingles virus

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