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Sara Sollofe Dr. Bock
May 29th, 2011 Final
Chicken Pox is a viral infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a type of herpes virus. The word chicken pox got its name because it looks like chickpeas on the skin and from the Latin word “cicer” meaning chickpeas. There is about 10-12 days when a person is developing chicken pox and does not show any symptoms and is not contagious. The last one or two days before you are able to see the chicken pox. Once the spots maybe “appear” over the next few days more and more maybe develop. Chicken pox is a highly contagious sickness that is spread by the air, especially when someone sneezes or coughs. Chicken pox can also be spread by touching the infected area. A person is still contagious until there are no spots for at least 24 hours and the old spots are dry and scabbed.
Someone can get chicken pox ant time during the year, but it is most happens in the winter and spring. Around 90-95% get chicken pox when they are a child, from other children or siblings. Infections in adults are more severe and can be life threatening.
The average number of chicken pox bumps is about 300, but there has been as few as 10 and as many as 1500. Some children have very few bumps that may be not noticeable. The rash begins as itchy raised up bumps that become blisters filled with fluid. Eventually they “pop” or just get crust over. The bumps can go all over the body like th...