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Infectious diseases clinic

Varicella – more than just a rash

TRAN NGUYEN, Adam Bartlett, ARCHANA KOIRALA, Brendan McMullan

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Abstract

Often considered a benign childhood illness, varicella (chickenpox) can be associated with serious and life-threatening complications. GPs have an important role in providing varicella vaccinations and in identifying patients with varicella infection or exposure, especially high-risk individuals who require counselling, prophylaxis and possible hospital referral. 

Article Extract

Varicella (also known as chickenpox) is a highly contagious viral illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is characterised by general malaise and fever followed by the eruption of a vesicular rash over the next three to five days.1-3 Reactivation of VZV causes herpes zoster (shingles), a disease most prevalent in people aged over 60 years.

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