Varicella (AKA Chicken Pox)

By Loren Kalman

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Symptoms

Some symptoms may include: fever, headache, sore throat, or stomach ache. The fever is commonly at a temperature from 100-102 degrees. It causes bumps on the body that are red and itchy, and usually start on the face and spread throughout the entire body.

Causes

The varicella-zoster virus causes the infection. It happens usually when the recipient makes contact with a victim of the virus. This virus is highly contagious.

Immune Cells

The VZV T-Cell is immune to varicella. VZV stands for Varicella-Zoster Virus.

Replication

Enveloped VZV particles attach to cell membranes, bond, and release proteins. Uncoated capsids dock at nuclear pores, where genomic DNA is injected into the nucleus and circularizes. a shows what chicken pox looks like and a diagram of what happens. b shows the replication cycle.
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How to Prevent Replication

We can prevent Varicella from duplicating by getting a vaccine that kills all of the cells that are Varicella and also helps to prevent them from coming back, therefore keeping them from replicating.

How to Prevent Getting the Virus

We can prevent the virus itself from coming by taking the same vaccine noted above. When we take this vaccine, it acts as a repellant to keep Varicella from hijacking your cells.