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What is the Difference Between Chicken Pox and Shingles?

Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus called the varicella-zoster virus or VZV. While the same virus causes them, they are not the same illness. When a child becomes infected with chickenpox, the virus becomes latent in their nerve tissue, where it is inactive. It can later become reactivated, causing a painful rash …

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