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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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What's the difference between chickenpox and smallpox?

What's the difference between chickenpox and smallpox?

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

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How are smallpox and chickenpox distinguished from each other?

How are smallpox and chickenpox distinguished from each other?

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

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Could smallpox still exist and how does it differ from chickenpox.?

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 more

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Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Smallpox&varicella : Small popx and varicella viruses are different and one cannot cause the other. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between chicken pox and smallpox?

I want to know what is the difference between chicken pox and smallpox?

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 more

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How is monkeypox different from smallpox?

How is monkeypox different from smallpox?

Less fatal: The monkeypox virus is in the same genus as the smallpox virus and the rashes looked similar. Smallpox has been eradicated. Monkeypox is less transmissible between humans than smallpox. The fatality rate is much lower with monkeypox. ...Read more

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Are there different "strands" of chickenpox?

Are there different "strands" of chickenpox?

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

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How are mild chicken pox and server chickenpox dfferent?

Degree: The regular wild chickenpox will give a kid 50-250 spots along with fever and itching that can be tiring. Some patients will develop secondary skin infections like the flesh eating bacteria. Some adults can develop a severe chickenpox pneumonia and die. The idea of mild or severe is relative and usually defined by the person talking about it. ...Read more

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Do you know are chickenpox and cold sores caused by different strains of the herpes virus?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor. It was a significant cause of death. Only humans were infected by smallpox and it ...Read more