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Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters.

In brief: No

Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters.
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Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes

You may spread chicken pox to someone who has not been exposed to it before if you have shingles.

In brief: Yes

You may spread chicken pox to someone who has not been exposed to it before if you have shingles.
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
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