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How does the chicken pox virus spread?
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  1. Chicken pox spreads when an infected person sneezes or coughs on someone who isn't immune to the varicella-zoster virus. Contact with fluid from chicken pox blisters can also spread the virus. Symptoms associated with chicken pox include an itchy red rash that appears on the skin. Up until 1995, when a vaccine for chicken pox was first used on the American public, approximately 100 people a year died from the disease. Because chicken pox causes so few deaths, many countries don't require that their citizens get vaccinated. As a result, there are parts of the world where chicken pox is still commonplace.

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