Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Raymond Smith | 2008/10/13


Chicken Pox - How contageous is it


My Brother (Graham)' s child (Kyle) is 10 years old and has chicken pocks.

Graham and his other two children stay with us but Kyle does not.

Graham needs to go spend the day with Kyle and we need to know the following:

1. Graham has never had chicken pocks, can he get chicken pocks still.

2. His two children and my daughter have already had chicken pocks, can they get it again? if so how?

3. I have a baby boy aged 2.5 weeks, what is the chances of Graham transfering the chicken pocks to my son, if he visits Kyle and then comes home to us?

Your help will be appreciated,



Expert's Reply



Chicken pox is very contageous and you cannot take any chances with such a young baby at home. Most babies are protected against catching chicken pox for a few months after birth if their mother has had chicken pox, but you still cannot take a chance. Children who have had chicken pox are usually immune to a second infection. Any person incontact with someone with chicken pox can transfer the virus to people who have not had the illness before.

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