What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is easily spread from an infected individual to those who have never contracted chickenpox or never received the Varicella vaccination.
Chickenpox can be easily transmitted from person-to-person through direct contact with the blisters, saliva or mucus of an infected person. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets produced from an infected person via coughing or sneezing. Once in contact, there is an incubation period can be up to 21 days before the signs and symptoms surface.