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VPD Chickenpox

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a very contagious rash illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). VZV stays dormant in the body can reactivate later in life to cause shingles (herpes zoster). Chickenpox causes a fever and an itchy rash that starts on the torso and face and then spreads all over the body. The rash has fluid-filled blisters that last for 3 to 7 days before they scab. People with chickenpox are contagious from two days before the rash starts until the entire rash scabs over.

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All notifiable conditions should be reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health.  

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For questions about disease surveillance contact public health. 

Epidemiology Main Line:
24/7 Reporting Line:
1-866-PUB-HLTH (+1 866-782-4584)

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