Chicken pox is cause by a virus.
◦ Varicella-zoster virus
◦ Replicates itself within host.
Transmitted through coughing, sneezing, sharing
food or drink.
Transmitted by liquid of blisters formed on skin.
Everyone can get the chicken pox virus, unless
they have already had it.
Chicken pox virus is mostly common in children
under the age of 12.
Incubation period averages between 14 and 16
Beginning symptoms include itchy blisters that
appear on face, trunk and scalp.
Serious symptoms include vomiting, high fever,
diarrhea, headache, dehydration, and worsening
Chicken pox is usually determined by the
Skin smear or blood test can detect the virus.
Chicken pox is acute, and symptoms last around 5
to 10 days.
After getting the chicken pox once you become
The skin develops itchy blisters, which affects the
Treatment in most cases can be done at home.
◦ The course of treatment involves relieving the symptoms
of chicken pox. You can use calamine lotion or oatmeal
baths to relieve itching, and to relieve fever, a non-aspirin
type of medication can be used.
◦ In serious cases, you should go see a doctor.
Chicken pox can be easily prevent with a vaccine.
◦ Younger children (under age of 12) should especially
receive the vaccine because it is most common among
After a person has had chicken pox once they become
immune and will not get it again.
Chicken pox in most cases is not terminal.