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Having scars resulting from chickenpox, as well as a number of friends who have suffered shingles, I am interested in what is known concerning the varicella zoster virus and conditions resulting from its presence.
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Comprehensive Guide to Chicken Pox

CDC Child Chicken Pox LesionsOrdinarily, chickenpox is a childhood disease resulting from infection by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is characterized by headache, fever, sore throat, and a red spot-like rash. There may also be fatigue and loss of appetite. It is especially important that pregnant women and immune-compromised persons not contract the virus. Children taking aspirin (now a rare occurrence) while suffering from chickenpox may develop brain damage from Reye syndrome. Persons who experience chickenpox in childhood may develop the painful condition “shingles” (herpes zoster) in adulthood. Learn more about the virus and its manifestations by reading relevant Bright Hub articles.

Chickenpox Lesions on Child: Centers for Disease Control

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