News tagged with chickenpox
(HealthDay)—Friends and family may be key in parents' decisions on whether to vaccinate their young children, a small study suggests.
Pediatrics Apr 15, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
(HealthDay)—The death from chickenpox of an otherwise healthy 15-year-old Ohio girl should remind parents of the importance of vaccination against the disease, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Apr 11, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
Terry D. Connell, PhD, knows a lot about the immune system: he's a University at Buffalo professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who conducts research on ...
Immunology Feb 07, 2013 | 3 / 5 (2) | 4
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has approved a policy recommendation that all health care providers (HCPs) be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis (whooping ...
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Jan 14, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
(HealthDay)—Varizig (varicella zoster immune globulin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to minimize chickenpox symptoms when administered within four days of exposure to the virus ...
Medications Dec 22, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have mapped the molecular mechanism by which a virus known as cytomegalovirus (CMV) so successfully infects its hosts. This discovery paves the way for new research avenues aimed at ...
Medical research Dec 20, 2012 | 5 / 5 (1) | 0 |
Older adults who get the shingles vaccine have a nearly 50 percent reduced risk of developing the often debilitating disease, finds a new evidence review from The Cochrane Library.
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Oct 17, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
(HealthDay)—Most kindergarten children in the United States are up to date on their vaccinations, a new government report finds.
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Aug 23, 2012 | not rated yet | 0 |
The bitter debate over whether vaccines cause autism is masking real problems with the modern inoculation schedule and encouraging a growing number of parents to refuse recommended vaccines for their children, ...
Medications Aug 22, 2012 | 2.5 / 5 (2) | 0
(HealthDay) -- Chickenpox cases in the United States dropped almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2010 in 31 states following routine use of the varicella vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Aug 16, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) treated with anti-tumour necrosis factor medications (anti-TNFs) have a 75% greater risk of developing herpes zoster, or shingles, than patients treated with traditional ...
Arthritis & Rheumatism Jun 07, 2012 | 5 / 5 (1) | 0
(Medical Xpress) -- Ultraviolet rays help prevent the spread of chickenpox, meaning people in milder climates are more at risk of catching the disease, according to new research. The discovery could lead to ...
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Dec 19, 2011 | 5 / 5 (1) | 0 |
More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press ...
Health Nov 28, 2011 | 3 / 5 (2) | 1
(AP) -- By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying ...
Health Oct 03, 2011 | not rated yet | 1
An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles concluded that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines. A committee of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine to review the scientific ...
Health Aug 25, 2011 | not rated yet | 0
Chickenpox or chicken pox is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV). It usually starts with vesicular skin rash mainly on the body and head rather than at the periphery and becomes itchy, raw pockmarks, which mostly heal without scarring. On examination, the observer typically finds lesions at various stages of healing.
Chickenpox is an airborne disease spread easily through coughing or sneezing of ill individuals or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. A person with chickenpox is infectious one to two days before the rash appears. The contagious period continues for 4 to 5 days after the appearance of the rash, or until all lesions have crusted over. Immunocompromised patients are probably contagious during the entire period new lesions keep appearing. Crusted lesions are not contagious.
It takes from 10 to 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox.
The onset of illness with chickenpox is often characterized by symptoms including myalgia, itching, nausea, fever, headache, sore throat, pain in both ears, complaints of pressure in head or swollen face, and malaise in adolescents and adults. In children, the first symptom is usually the development of a papular rash, followed by development of malaise, fever (a body temperature of 38 °C (100 °F), but may be as high as 42 °C (108 °F) in rare cases), sometimes severe back pains to the lower back, and anorexia (loss of appetite, not to be confused with anorexia nervosa). Typically, the disease is more severe in adults. Chickenpox is rarely fatal, although it is generally more severe in adult males than in adult females or children. Non-immune pregnant women and those with a suppressed immune system are at highest risk of serious complications. Chickenpox is believed to be the cause of one third of stroke cases in children. The most common late complication of chickenpox is shingles, caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus decades after the initial episode of chickenpox.
Chickenpox has been observed in other primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas.
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