Chickenpox

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Chickenpox along the Way
By Vonsha Farnum
Kaplan University Professor Danial Gilmore HS311-01: Epidemiology and Biostatistics I
Chickenpox along the Way

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox being relatively a mild disease derived from chicken peas or the idea that the disease originated from chickens. Occurring in all parts of the world. Chickenpox was thought to be a form of smallpox until the late 19th century and was connected to shingles in 1888. The peak incidence is during months of March through May. Patients’ immune system does not completely clear out the virus from the body after being exposed. Chickenpox is spread from person to person. Airborne
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The CDC does not require state health department to report chickenpox infection and only 31 states volunteer reports. Contact a healthcare provider if while having chickenpox one fever last longer than 4 days, rash become warm with discolored pus, difficult breathing, and frequent vomiting.

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Chickenpox| Overview| Varicella| CDC Retrieved from www.cdc.gov.chickenpox/about/overview.html
Chickenpox: Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia Retrieved from nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001592.htm
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