How long can the chicken pox virus (varicella) survive in fluid?

24 to 48 hours. There's a little debate about this point, but detergents, heat and dessication (drying) will kill it easily. However, if the surface is wet, the virus will survive longer, and it can survive on some surfaces for an extended period of time. There is debate about "sending it through the mail" on licked envelopes, and having it live in bedding.

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Yes. Annual incidence of herpes zoster, so called shingles, after natural varicella (chicken pox) infection among immunocompetent children under 20 years old is 68 per 100, 000 people. Incidence of shingles after chicken pox vaccine is 2.6 per 100, 000 vaccine doses. Read more...
Not really. A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. Read more...

A test showed I am immune to the chicken pox virus. How can that be if I never had it?

See below. You had chickenpox. It was either not diagnosed or a very minor case. Read more...
But you did !!! Studies have shown that in excess of 90% of those adults who thought they never had chickenpox have blood evidence they did. This can be when they had fewer spots than expected, or were mislabeled something like hand/foot/mouth which can look similar. Read more...

Is it possible to get shingles if I never had chicken pox?? Or does it always have to be a reactivation of the chicken pox virus? Thanks.

Shingles. You must have had chicken pox, to get shingles. You can also get it if you have been immunized against chicken pox, but it is less likely. Shingles is more likely in people over 50, but children can get it, as well. . Read more...

After having the chicken pox virus, will getting the vaccine harm me in any way?

Unlikely. There are many who decide to have the chickenpox vaccine because they cannot remember having had chickenpox as a kid. It has not been found to create any problems for this group, and should not do so for you. Read more...

My 4 year old has been in contact with the chicken pox virus. How do I know if he is immune already (not vaccinated)?

??type of contact?? If your unimmunized child has never had chickenpox, a close contact with an active case will cause chickenpox between 10-21 days after exposure.If not, he either had it before when it was not recognized or the supposed exposure was not significant. Read more...

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

The only. Link they have is they are both members of the Herpes family of viruses. They both can cause mouth sores. They both are contagious. Read more...
Herpes cousins. Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. Read more...

Can someone become a carrier of the chicken pox virus? I have shingles and my friend wants to come visit. She had chicken pox when she was little, however her little brother at home has not. Her mom said if she comes into contact with me she will be a car

In . In short, no. The virus that causes chicken pox and shingles (varicella) can only be spread from direct contact with the infected person either by touching a chicken pox or shingles sore or by the infected person coughing or sneezing on someone who has never had the disease. We do have a vaccine available and it became a required immunization for public school attendance in the early 2000's. Your friend's brother (if he is older than 1) may have been vaccinated and may have immunity to the chicken pox. If not, he should get the vaccine to prevent him from catching chicken pox in the future. Read more...
Virus carrier. Yes. If you have active shingles with lesions you could transmit the chickenpox virus to someone else. Once the lesions crust over you aren't contagious. But fluid weeping blisters ARE contagious. Read more...
Depends. If she comes over & contaminates her hands with debris from the weeping zoster sores she could, in theory transfer that contagion to another for a few hours. (until hands are washed) Otherwise she won't. Shingles does not spread the virus in the air (like chickenpox) so being around you couldn't make her a carrier & those who have had it cannot transport it like they might a strep throat. Read more...

Can you catch chicken pox virus a second time?

No. You only get chickenpox once. After that, the varicella zoster virus lives in your nerve cells for life. It can become reactivated, resulting in shingles (a painful blistering rash over the distribution of a peripheral nerve), but not chickenpox. Read more...