Symptoms usually occur 10-21 days after contact with the chickenpox virus. Initial symptoms include:
Within 1-2 days after the initial symptoms, a rash develops. Characteristics of the rash include:
The Merck Manual of Medical Information. 17th ed. Simon and Schuster, Inc.; 2000.
National Centers for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod .
National Immunization Program. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/default.htm .
Last reviewed October 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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