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What are the chances of transmission for a chicken pox infection?

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My friend who staying with me is suffering from chicken pox. i fear it would have spread to me. we found that the rashes on his body was bacause of chicken pox after consulting with a doctor. Immediatly i isolated him and sent him to his native town. If i have been infected through him how many days will it take to show the symptoms....Kindly advice pls.



Bala
Fri, 27 Jun 2014
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Hello,
welcome to HCM,

Chickenpox is a highly communicable disease during 1-2 days before the appearance of rash and 4-5 days thereafter. After which virus tends to die out and looses the capacity to transmit disease to normal individuals.

The scabbing usually begins 4-7 days after the rash and completed by 30 days. During the scabbing period patient will be sterile and will not transmit disease to others.

As your friend is having confirmed case of chickenpox, it is highly infectious and spread by droplet infection and droplet nuclei. During the period of communicability you should not be exposed to your friend.

I would suggest you to isolate your friend and prevent exposing to him directly and prevent exposure to the infectious agent.
Thank you.
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