Teen newsletter : November 2023 – Chickenpox
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    Chickenpox (also called varicella) is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is most commonly known for causing an itchy, blister-like rash that first appears on the chest, back, and face, and then spreads over the entire body. Other symptoms may include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, and headache. The illness usually lasts about 4 to 7 days. Chickenpox can be serious, even life-threatening, especially in babies, adolescents, adults, people who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems. Chickenpox used to be very common in the United States. In the early 1990s, about 4 million people got chickenpox, 10,500 to 13,000 were hospitalized, and 100 to 150 died each year.

    Chickenpox spreads easily from one person to another, mainly through close contact. If one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Students in school settings can spread chickenpox easily because they are constantly in close contact with each other.

    The David J. Sencer CDC Museum Public Health Academy Teen Newsletter introduces teens to different public health topics that CDC studies. This newsletter provides an Introduction, explains CDC’s Work, breaks down the topic using the Public Health Approach, and gives you a behind the scenes look at historical items Out of the CDC Museum Collection.

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    Introduction – Chickenpox -- CDC’s Work – Chickenpox -- The Public Health Approach – Chickenpox -- Out of the CDC Museum Collection – Chickenpox.
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