Related Topic"An acute, highly infectious illness, principally of young children, caused by the chicken pox- herpes zoster virus and marked by fever and successive eruptions of clear blisters over the body..."
An infection caused by the varicellla-zoster virus. It usually affects children between the ages of 5 and 9. It is highly contagious and can be transmitted without direct contact. Once it is contracted it will always remain in the body, in most people it stays dormant.
a viral infection spread through direct contact or by coughing, sneezing, and touching contaminated clothing causing a blister like rash on the surface of the skin and mucous membranes. The blisters first appear on the face and then spread to the entire body. Some children may have a few, and others have several hundred. A mild fever, or a general malaise are other symptoms that may accompany this infection. In 1995, a vaccine was developed that took 15 years to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration, though it is not widely used. If a child does contract the disease, a topical solution is applied to the blisters, to soothe the itching, and in very rare cases, children have developed serious complications that have proved fatal.
A virus that adults seldom get, but that can be dangerous for the fetuses carried by pregnant women who are unlucky enough to get it. You will be immune from chicken pox if you ever had it as a child, but if you're not sure then you should preferably make sure of your immune status before conception. Newborn babies are protected from the virus if their mother was immune by transferred imunity which lasts then for the first six months.