Chickenpox

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Chickenpox

Chickenpox

Control Mesures

Signs and Symptoms

What are chickenpox?

Methods of Transmission

Length of Communicability

Slight fever, irritability, cold-like symptoms. Red rash that develops blister-like head, scabs later. Most abundant on covered parts of the body, e.g., chest, back, neck, and forearm.

An infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed blisters. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children, who are afterward usually immune. Chickenpox has an incubation period of 2-3 weeks after exposure.

Airborne through contact with secretions from the respiratory tract, Transmission from contact with blisters is far less common.

1. Exclusion of sick children2. Practice good personal hygiene, especially careful handwashing. Children can return to group care when all blisters have formed a dry scab. (Approximately 1 week)Immunization is now availible.

2-3 days prior to the onset of symptoms until 5-6 days after first eruptions. Scabs are not contagious.

By:Timothy Conroy


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