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Symptoms And Consequences Of Chickenpox

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Some diseases seem simple and commonplace, but people don’t always fully understand how they are contracted or for how long they can spread them. Even those most seemingly harmless diseases can have consequences that lead to hospitalizations, later complications, and death. Education to the public on these diseases is important for preventing their continued spread. Some diseases could be nearly eradicated if people understood the usefulness of prevention techniques and how not to spread the disease if it is contracted. Chickenpox, also known as Varicella, is one of those diseases that seems like it is not a big deal, but could be for some people that are more vulnerable to its effects. The first thing that a person must understand with chickenpox is how it is transmitted and how contagious it is. Chickenpox is caused by a simple virus called the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is spread from person to person fairly easily once it is contracted. Chickenpox is an extremely contagious disease among those who have never been vaccinated for chickenpox or have never had chickenpox before. It can spread simply by coughing, sneezing, breathing in virus particles, or touching the blisters of an infected person. Occasionally chickenpox can be caught from someone who has shingles as well, because shingles and chickenpox are both caused by VZV. One difficult feature of chickenpox is a person is contagious one to two days before blisters even appear, therefore at that point they are
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