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Chicken Pox By Sarah Elizabeth Warmoth
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Description Chicken pox is a common disease caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) which is a member of the herpes virus family. It is very contagious and usually occurs during childhood (normally 5-9) , but you can get it at any time in your life. It is most common at the end of winter and the beginning of Spring
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Background Infects about 70% of all children by 18. The rash and fever last for about five days. Approximately 4,000,000 people in the U.S.A. get the chicken pox each year. Most children handle the chicken pox well and recover without any problem within a week.
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Infants less than 6 months old are usually protected from it as long as their mother carries the antibody to this virus. A healthy child less then 13 years old generally has a very mild illness that insures lifelong immunity to the chicken pox.
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course STEP 1 taught by Professor Dr.aslam during the Fall '11 term at Montgomery College.

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