Chicken Pox (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)
by Patrick Guilfoile
Chicken pox is a sudden onset, very contagious disease that is characterized by a widespread, blister-like rash. It typically infects children in temperate regions; adults are more frequently infected in tropical areas.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a type of herpesvirus. Herpesviruses are a group of viruses that include the herpes simplex virus, which causes cold sores, and the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis. Usually chicken pox is relatively mild, although the symptoms can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. However, it can be a serious, sometimes even fatal infection.