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VARICELLA-ZOSTER VIRUS INFECTION
Varicella, also known as chickenpox, is a self-limited benign disease caused by primary varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection characterized by fever, malaise, and generalized pruritic vesicular rash.
The average incubation period is 14-16 days. It is transmitted via direct contact with vesicular fluid or inhalation of aerosolized respiratory secretions or via droplet route during face-to-face contact.
Hallmark sign is pruritic rash that begins in the scalp and face which eventually spreads to the trunks and extremities.

Patient Education

  • Educate patient on the infectious nature of disease and its mode of transmission
  • Advise patient on the importance of early treatment and monitoring for signs and symptoms of possible complications
  • Avoid self-medicating with Aspirin which has been associated with Reye’s syndrome
  • Assure patients about the course of the disease and provide counseling when needed

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Tristan Manalac, 24 Oct 2019
Informational materials, such as flyers and posters, positioned at general practitioner clinics are likely to improve vaccination rates for influenza and pneumonia among elderly adults, according to a recent Singapore study.