Chicken Pox

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - 111 páginas

Until recently, chicken pox was a rite of passage for children and was often looked upon as just a nuisance, although this illness can cause complications in some people. Though the development and use of a chicken pox vaccine has reduced the number of chicken pox cases, the unvaccinated remain vulnerable. In addition, shingles, a painful condition that can arise after an initial chicken pox infection, is a concern, particularly in older people. Chicken Pox presents an overview of this disease caused by a herpesvirus known as the varicella-zoster virus, explaining the signs and symptoms of the disease, how it spreads, how it is treated, and how the development of a vaccine has affected the incidence of chicken pox.

Chapters include:

  • What Is Chicken Pox?
  • The History of Chicken Pox
  • The Varicella-Zoster Virus
  • Chicken Pox in Infants and Adults
  • Treatment
  • How Is Chicken Pox Prevented?
  • What Is Shingles?
  • Future Prospects and Concerns.
 

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Foreword
6
What Is Chicken Pox?
8
The History of Chicken Pox
22
Chicken Pox in Young Children
31
Chicken Pox in Infants and Adults
46
How Is Chicken Pox Diagnosed and Treated?
54
How Is Chicken Pox Prevented?
68
What Is Shingles?
76
The Future of Chicken Pox and Shingles
90
Notes
94
Glossary
100
Further Resources
105
Index
106
About the Author
111
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