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How Is Chickenpox Different From Smallpox
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Smallpox /chickenpox: All naturally occurring smallpox has been eradicated. Incubation is 7 to 17 days for smallpox & 10 to 21 days for chickenpox. With smallpox most lesions are in the same stage of development, are more frequent on face& extremities than trunk & are often on soles & palms. With Chickenpox most lesions are on trunk & not on feet/palms. New lesions come up in succession – so they are in different stage ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 exists 1doesn't: Chickenpox is a human only viral infection that is often experienced in childhood.A vaccine is available to prevent it.Chickenpox is relatively low risk with 1death/80, 000 cases.Smallpox was a human only viral infection that last caused disease in the wild in 1978.It was high risk, 30% of cases were fatal. The world health organization declared smallpox extinct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 exists 1doesn't: Chickenpox is a human only viral infection that is often experienced in childhood.A vaccine is available to prevent it.Chickenpox is relatively low risk with 1death/80, 000 cases.Smallpox was a human only viral infection that last caused disease in the wild in 1978.It was high risk, 30% of cases were fatal. The world health organization declared smallpox extinct. ...Read more
Different virus: Smallpox has been listed as erradicated by the who as of 1978.Case fatality rate ran about 30% compaired to <.001% with chickenpox. Blisters were often dime sized and seen on the face early before covering the body. Chickenpox blisters are seen early on the neck & behind the ear and seldom bigger than a pea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One strain : The varicella virus is a single dna virus member of the herpes virus family. It does not have sub-strains or mutations like the flu. In theory, researchers did create a weakened strain that we use in vaccines, but this was derived from the wild varicella strain in a lab & does not spread in communities. ...Read more
Herpes Viruses: There are three herpes viruses. The common chicken pox is caused by a cousin to the other two "herpes' viruses. Chicken pox can now be prevented by the childhood varicella vaccination and hopefully with time we will see this eradicated. There are two herpes viruses. Herpes type one is found on or near the mouth more than 90% of the time. Herpes two is found near the genitals 95% of the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can salmonella food poisoning have any serious long term effects after treated/cured? Can it lead to different problems? Ex: chickenpox into shingles?
No long term effects: Once in a while, people become carriers of Salmonella for a few weeks or months after they get over the initial infection. However, this is rare and harmless. It creates risk for other persons potentially exposed to your feces, but that's prevented by everyday, standard hygiene, like hand washing after toilet. So don't worry about this at all. ...Read more
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