Common Infectious Diseases Affecting Children

  • Diana Birch


Chicken pox is a very infectious disease which particularly affects primary school age children. It is caused by the same virus as shingles and can be caught from a patient suffering from shingles as well as somebody with chicken pox. Infection is spread from child to child by droplet infection — in other words by the patient’s breath while coughing or sneezing. This is the same as the method of spread of a common cold.


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