The Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is a DNA virus, and is a part of the group called herpersvirus. This group is known to cause latent infections. Latent infections has the ability to remain dormant in a host for long periods of time, it can possibly reactivate or stay in dormancy for life. In particular, when VZV is reactivated in adulthood it is no longer called chicken pox but takes on the name shingles that has a different set of symptoms. The virus can enter through the respiratory tract and through the mucous membrane in the eyes or nose. The virus enters the blood stream and affects the organs and then the skin.
All around the world, Varicella zoster only causes chick...
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...ed. This is why the chicken pox vaccine is not only essential to a child health but also to their parents’ health. Chicken pox has been around for hundreds of years and is a very well researched disease. The vaccine for chicken pox also greatly reduces ones chance of getting chicken pox. Many people who have received the vaccination never contracted chicken pox. Although getting chicken pox can result in immunity from chicken pox a second time, it doesn’t protect against the shingle which remains dormant in its host. The research is now evolving towards the microbe Varicella that causes Shingles in adults. Shingles can happen to anyone that had chicken pox as a child it can take up to a month to recover and permanent nerve damage can be a result from the reactivation of the Varicella virus. A vaccine is now made available to adults to protect against it reactivated.
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