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  • Chickenpox is a highly infectious viral infection.
  • Most people with chickenpox have mild illness but it can reappear as shingles.
  • Symptoms include a fever, headache, sore throat, malaise and skin rash.
  • Treatment is mainly aimed at relieving symptoms. Antiviral treatment may be required for serious illness.
  • Vaccination can protect against chickenpox.

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Reviewed on: 23-10-2023