Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Chicken Pox Transmission

Facts about chicken pox:

  • Chicken pox is a highly contagious infection that can easily be spread from one person to another.
  • People with chicken pox are contagious while the blisters are present.
  • Varicella virus is present in the saliva of infected individuals and the fluid from within the blisters.
  • Transmission is possible through contact with contaminated objects.
  • The period between exposure to the virus, to the development of symptoms, is 14 to 16 days.

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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