Communicable Disease Essay

1039 WordsDec 10, 20125 Pages
Kimberly Rhodes Communicable Disease November 5, 2012 HCS 457 Communicable Disease Chickenpox is one of the many highly communicable diseases. Chicken pox is cause by a virus called varicella-zoster. It is transmitted through close contact with fluid that is in the blisters or even through the air. The chickenpox is a highly communiable illness that when a person is exposed the first time they can become infected again from close contact. “Most children with chickenpox exhibit symptoms like fever, headache, stomach ache, loss of appetite, or presence of small, fluid-filled, itchy, red spots over the skin (NCBI, n.d).” When the blisters that are caused from chcken pox have dried and formed scabs is when a person is not contagious anymore. Everyone is at risk of being infected by the chickenpox. As the Directors of Health Promotion and Education states (2010), “in the United States, 4,000 to 9,000 individuals are hospitalized annually with chickenpox, with approximately a hundred casualties. Inviduals at the higest risk for complications are newborns, adults, and people with compromised immune sysem. Chickenpox is a virus so there is no cure and the virus remains in a person system for a lifetime. Furthermore, the virus can induce another kind of illness called shingles. The shingles is when the varicella-zoster shifts into the skin nerve fibers, a painful rash will come out. Environmental factors such as type of season, school sessions, and overcrowding are some of the main causes of the virus’ dispersal. Environmental Factors Through research, they have shown the varicells-virus that increases autumn and decreases during the summer months. During the summer months, the virus is known to decrease at schools due to the fact that the children are seldomly in contact with one another. An infected child in a classroom is all it takes to

More about Communicable Disease Essay

Open Document