Starts as an eruption of red papules (bumps) which become vesicles (blisters) than pustules. Other symptoms include malaise, weakness, sore throat, cough and fever. Incubation period is 14 to 17 days. There can be complications of chickenpox including pneumonia and encephalitis, particularly in adults but also sometimes in children, and reactivation of the same herpes virus is reponsible for shingles (zoster).
(18 Dec 1998)
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