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Varicella is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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  • Commonly known as chickenpox
  • Most common in late winter and early spring
  • Vaccine has reduced incidence by 85%
  • Adults have a 15 times greater risk for death from varicella than children


  • DNA virus:
    • Latency in cranial nerve ganglia, dorsal root ganglia, and autonomic ganglia with periodic reactivation
    • Presents as herpes zoster or shingles decades after primary infection
    • Virus is transmitted by respiratory route and direct contact with skin lesions
    • Humans are only known reservoir

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TY - ELEC T1 - Varicella ID - 307152 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307152/all/Varicella PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -