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How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

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Dr. Lorrie Klein
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In brief: Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles.

In brief: Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles.
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