Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which passes from person to person with remarkable ease.

If your baby has been exposed to the chicken pox, it usually takes 14 to 16 days for the pustules to appear, although they can show up anytime between ten and 21 days.

People with chicken pox can pass the virus along by touching someone after touching the blisters or coughing or sneezing onto their hand, or by releasing it into the air whenever they sneeze, cough, or even breathe.

The virus can also spread from direct contact with the fluid from the blisters before they crust over.



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