How is chickenpox (varicella) (varicella-zoster virus) (VZV) acquired and transmitted?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Chickenpox is usually acquired through inhalation of airborne respiratory droplets from an infected host. High viral titers are found in the characteristic vesicles of chickenpox; viral transmission may also occur through direct contact with these vesicles, though the risk of transmission is lower. (See Etiology.)


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