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Mail-Order Chickenpox Illegal, Unsafe, Say Experts
2011-11-06 06:07:25

Parents who want their children to catch chickenpox at an early age have been known to go to extreme measures to expose them to the illness, but a new fad -- first reported on by a Nashville television station -- takes the process to a new, illegal extreme. According to Erik Schelzig of the Associated Press (AP) and Rita Rubin of the TodayMoms website, WSMV-TV aired a story Thursday about a Nashville-area woman who charged $50 to send, via overnight mail, lollipops that had been sucked on...

2009-12-04 15:26:40

Chicken pox vaccine may also reduce risk of shingles among children; study used electronic health records to follow 172,000 children Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is very rare among children who have been vaccinated against chicken pox, according to a Kaiser Permanente study in the December issue of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. The study, the largest of its kind, used electronic health records to identify more than 170,000 children vaccinated with the varicella (chicken...

2006-11-02 15:00:33

By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Nov. 1--MANATEE -- The county jail has been closed to visitors due to 13 confirmed cases of chicken pox, Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported this morning. Twelve staff members and one inmate were diagnosed with chicken pox a week ago, said David Bristow, MSO spokesman. Vendors can still make delivers to the jail, Bristow said, but visitors will not be allowed inside. Chickenpox is caused by Varicella virus, a member of the Herpes family of...

2006-09-04 07:54:02

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers in India describe a hospital outbreak of chickenpox in which the source of infection was a cadaver. The deceased patient was a 36-year-old male renal transplant recipient who had developed what looked like varicella-zoster virus infection (chickenpox) affecting not only the skin but also internal organs, Dr. Navin Paul and Dr. Mini E. Jacob, from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, report. Despite prompt treatment with intravenous...

2005-10-18 22:26:10

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. "“ Children who have been treated with steroids and are exposed to chicken pox tend to have a more severe case of the virus, according to pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children's Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. New research published in the October issue of Pediatrics, says that children who are undergoing steroid treatments for diseases like childhood leukemia are at increased risk of contracting a more severe form of chicken...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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