chicken pox


Definition of chicken pox

: an acute contagious disease especially of children marked by low-grade fever and formation of vesicles and caused by a herpesvirus (species Human herpesvirus 3 of the genus Varicellovirus) — compare shingles

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Some are contagious with tuberculosis, chicken pox, strep throat or fever and are being quarantined and treated. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "Tuberculosis. Chicken Pox. Traumatized: 5 Updates on Immigrant Youth Shelters in Illinois.," 12 July 2019 Kunkel was diagnosed with chicken pox in May, two months after going to court over the policy, and was able to return to school shortly after, his attorney Christopher Wiest told CNN. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A Kentucky teen sued to attend school without a chickenpox vaccine. He just lost in court -- again," 2 July 2019 Two Georgia ICE facilities also have cases of chicken pox. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "ICE is struggling to contain spread of mumps in its detention centers," 3 June 2019 Related Stories California requires children attending public schools, including charter schools, to be inoculated against infectious diseases including measles, mumps, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and rubella. Dustin Gardiner,, "California lawmakers advance vaccine exemption crackdown toward passage," 21 June 2019 Fetal tissue research is also responsible for enabling vaccines for chicken pox and rubella, diseases that routinely used to kill hundreds of Americans every year. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Blocking fetal tissue research is shortsighted," 7 June 2019 And unlike the chicken pox, adults tend to have a milder form of hand, foot, and mouth than kids. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Baseball Star Is Out Sick With Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease," 26 July 2018 There’s a medical unit with three paramedics, two medical staffers and space to quarantine those who have contracted chicken pox, scabies and other communicable diseases. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest," 18 June 2018 Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shingrix® – A new, more effective Shingles vaccine available at Froedtert & MCW pharmacies," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of chicken pox

1619, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chicken pox

: a disease that often affects children and that causes a fever and red spots on the skin

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Kids Definition of chicken pox

: a contagious illness especially of children in which there is fever and the skin breaks out in watery blisters

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Medical Definition of chicken pox

: an acute contagious disease especially of children that is marked by low-grade fever and formation of vesicles and that is caused by a herpesvirus of the genus Varicellovirus (species Human herpesvirus 3)

called also varicella

— see shingles

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