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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.
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