chicken pox

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or chicken pox  (chĭk′ən-pŏks′)
An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise. Also called varicella.

[Perhaps in allusion to the mildness of the disease as contrasted with smallpox.]

chicken pox

A virus infection of the whole body. The rash starts on the back and chest. The disease may cause shingles in adults.
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On Friday May 12 last year he visited his GP suffering from a rash, which was diagnosed as chicken pox.
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Safe and effective federally approved vaccines grown from animal cells or chick embryos are available for all but chicken pox, hepatitis A, and rubella.
But the doctor said it was chicken pox, and sent her home.
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Older children who have not had chicken pox can also receive the vaccine.
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A TEARFUL mum yesterday told how her son died from chicken pox - after being sent home three times by doctors.