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FactSheet: Chickenpox

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(3) 40 - 40 Published: 2000

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Abstract

Chickenpox is a viral illness caused by the herpes zoster virus (also known as the Varicella-Zoster virus). It is very contagious. It commonly occurs in children. Over 90 per cent of the population have had chickenpox by the age of 15 years.