Communicable Disease Nrs 427 Essay

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Communicable Disease: Chickenpox (varicella) Grand Canyon University: NRS 427V May 3, 2015 defines communicable disease as a disease that can be transmitted from one person to another. This transmission most times happens through airborne viruses or bacteria, it can also be transmitted through blood and bodily fluid. I choose to write about Chickenpox because this is one of the childhood diseases that I had growing up Nigeria. It wasn’t only very uncomfortable but it left a permanent scar on my face and I always remember that I had chickenpox. CDC (2014) reports that chickenpox is a highly infectious illness that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It starts as a rash that looks like a blister, itching, tiredness, and fever. This is a serious disease especially when babies, adults and people that are immunocompromised are affected. Chickenpox can be transmitted from infected people to other people that have never had the disease. It can be contracted airborne such as coughing and sneezing. It can also be transmitted through contact such as touching and inhaling in the virus particles that come from the sores. People with shingles can also transmit chickenpox because they are both caused by the same virus. A person that has never had chickenpox or receive the vaccine can contract it from someone with shingles. According to CDC (2014), the typical symptom of chickenpox is a rash that progresses into fluid-filled blisters; they become itchy and eventually turn into scabs. The face and chest are generally areas of the body that the rash will show up first and then it progresses to the back and the rest of the body, including inside the mouth and eyelids. All the blisters become scabs in about one week. Tiredness, fever, loss of appetite and headache are other indicators that may start to appear 1 – 2 days before rash. Vaccination

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