Quite an uncomfortable infection, chicken pox can make you bed ridden for around a week or two. Also known by the name varicella, chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by infection with varicella zoster virus (VZM). VZM virus is one of eight herpesviruses known to infect humans and most commonly targets children, teenagers, and young adults. The chickenpox virus multiplies in lungs and after causing chickenpox, it is most likely to go into a dormant state in nerves. This makes the sufferer susceptible to neurological conditions years after recovery from chicken pox.
Earlier chickenpox and smallpox were not considered as same diseases. Chickenpox was separated from smallpox in late 19th century. The name ‘chicken’ was used probably due to relative mildness of the disease as compared to smallpox.
Even after being rarely fatal, chickenpox has been blamed to cause nearly 64,000 deaths per year. Symptoms of chicken pox begin to appear nearly 10 to 21 days after excontinue reading →