Varicella||Chicken Pox - Briana Thomas 1

Varicella Pathogen-- Microscopic picture of pathogen

What is The Varicella pathogen?

If you ever find this pathogen, don't get too close! Varicella-zoster virus is a member of the Herpesviridae family, a very dangerous bunch. The virus is transmitted in fluids, primarily from coughing or sneezing . It can also be transmitted by skin contact.

What is Chicken Pox?

Chickenpox is a common childhood skin disease caused by a viral infection. The virus that causes it is called the varicella-zoster virus. It is a severe rash that can be spread all around your body. This disease will usually develop and emerge over a period of time.


The Varicella pathogen, can be sneaky and clever at times in terms of getting its way around. This pathogen is usually an air or surface attacker. The cough or sneeze of a person sends droplets into the air and other surfaces. So when other humans have contact with that surface or with a person who has the virus, it spreads like wild fire. One of the greatest strengths of this pathogen is how contagious it is, because once someone is infected, it cannot be stopped! This pathogen decreases the population, by catching people unexpected. In the world today we don't all follow proper health precautions which can turn out to be our biggest problem.

Who does it victimize?

Chicken Pox, and Varicella focus on kids, usually kids younger than 15. Although, adults who get infected, are more likley than kids to have serious complications. Many kids in the U.S earlier, had it. But gradually the percentage has went down, but still common.


This pathogen can usually travel all around your body. The main places in the body we see this dangerous pathogen/virus is in the upper respiratory tract, and it can also affect many internal organs.


This highly contagious pathogen, is this cause for two major diseases found within children and adults. The main injuries it can do are Chicken Pox and Shingles. Once you inhale the virus it starts to affect the upper respiratory tract an causes Chicken Pox.

Armed and Dangerous!

This pathogen and the disease that come along with it, can be very dangerous among children! Since it is so contagious, the degree of damage is high and mild. Chickenpox is very contagious (easy to catch). Over 90% of close people (such as other family members) will get chickenpox if they have not already had it or not been immunized.Also, a small number (15 percent to 20 percent) of vaccinated people may still get chickenpox but will have a milder case and a faster recovery.


Since it is a very popular disease, there are steps you can take to cure. The treatment is called the Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine. The vaccine has also been available as part of a combination vaccine called MMRV, which offers protection against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. This vaccine is considered to be the most affective.


~Most people will get chickenpox at some point in their lives if they have not had the chickenpox vaccine, because the pathogen is around a lot of people.

~It usually takes 14 to 16 days to get the symptoms of chickenpox after you have been around someone with the virus.

~After you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness.


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