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Description

A disease caused by infection with the varicella zoster virus, which causes fever and an itchy rash

Symptoms

1. A skin rash of blister-like lesions covering the body but usually more concentrated on the face.
2. Most, but not all, infected individuals have fever, which develops just before or when the rash appears.
3. If exposed, persons who have been vaccinated against the disease may get a milder illness, with less severe rash (sometimes involving only a few red bumps that look similar to insect bites) and mild or no fever.

Prevalance

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood (more than 95% of Americans). Chickenpox is highly contagious. CDC estimates that 4 million cases occur each yearRead more at http://www.cureresearch.com/c/chicken_pox/prevalence.htm?ktrack=kcplinkAlmost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood (more than 95% of Americans). Chickenpox is highly contagious. CDC estimates that 4 million cases occur each yearRead more at http://www.cureresearch.com/c/chicken_pox/prevalence.htm?ktrack=kcplink
Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood(95% of Americans).Chickenpox is highly contagious and the CDC estimates that rhere are over 4 million cases a year.

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood (more than 95% of Americans). Chickenpox is highly contagious. CDC estimates that 4 million cases occur each yearRead more at http://www.cureresearch.com/c/chicken_pox/prevalence.htm?ktrack=kcplink

Transmission

Spread by coughing and sneezing (highly contagious), by direct contact, and by aerosolization of virus from skin lesions.

Treatment

For the fever you can use acetaminophen, for the itching you can use lotions such as aveeno or antihistamines. Ultimately however you will need to get the vaccine if you do not get the disease in your adolesence.

Complications

Bacterial infection of the skin, swelling of the brain, and pneumonia. Adolescents and adults are more at risk for severe disease.

Works Cited

"Varicella (chickenpox) In-Short." //Centers for Disease Control and Prevention// . USA.gov, 1 June 6/1/
     2009. Web. 12 Apr. 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/
     in-short-adult.htm#comp>.