(also chicken pox)
An infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed blisters. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children, who are afterward usually immune. Also called varicella.
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- Viruses including flu, herpes, measles and chickenpox can cause pneumonia.
- Generally, chickenpox is a milder illness for children than it is for adults.
- Some children were suffering from malaria, chickenpox and diarrhea.
early 18th century: probably so named because of its mildness, as compared to smallpox.
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