The varicella-zoster virus, one of
the herpes viruses, causes
chickenpox infection. The same virus that causes
chickenpox also causes
How it is spread
The chickenpox virus can spread
easily from one person to another. It most often spreads through the
respiratory tract, such as mucous membranes of the mouth and nose. You also can
get chickenpox through the air from an infected person's sneezing or coughing.
Less often, chickenpox is spread when fluid from a chickenpox blister gets on
In rare cases, a person can get chickenpox from the fluid of shingles
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August 23, 2013
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