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How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: It's quite a story!
After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye.
The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters.

In brief: It's quite a story!
After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye.
The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: It is the cause
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
The mechanisms of the disease pathogenesis are beyond the limits of this venue.

In brief: It is the cause
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
The mechanisms of the disease pathogenesis are beyond the limits of this venue.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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