What is Chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The virus is highly contagious, so much so that 90% of household contacts will contract it when brought into contact with an infected person. The same virus can cause shingles if reactivated later in life following the primary infection.
It is spread through coughing, sneezing, and direct contact. Young children under the age of 10 are most likely to catch the disease, however it can present in adults and symptoms are then generally more serious.
The best way to avoid catching chickenpox is to avoid contact with someone who has it and to ensure you are up-to-date on your vaccination.
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