For the episode of South Park, see Chickenpox (South Park episode). Chickenpox, also spelled chicken pox, is the common name for Varicella simplex, classically one of the childhood infectious diseases caught and survived by most children. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. It starts with conjunctival and catarrhal symptoms, moderate fever and then characteristic spots ...
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Chickenpox
... What is chickenpox? Chickenpox is a common illness caused by a virus (germ) called varicella zoster. People often get the virus as young children. A child with chickenpox can easily give the virus to ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Shingles Information Page
... Shingles (herpes zoster) are an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox - the varicella-zoster virus. Early signs of shingles include burning ...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Varicella (Chickenpox)
... Varicella is an acute, highly communicable viral disease caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). The first infection with VZV results in varicella (chickenpox), which manifests as a generalized vesicu...
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention