Topics: Chickenpox, Herpes zoster, Severe acute respiratory syndrome Pages: 4 (1050 words) Published: January 9, 2013

Chloe Frederick
Lauren Smith Keiser University

Microorganisms can be highly dangerous. Some microorganisms include Varicella Zoster, or chicken pox. Corona Virus, SARS and Lister or food poisoning. There are many viruses and microorganisms out there and these are just a grain of sand on a beach compared to the amount of dangerous microorganisms there is out there. The microorganisms I have written about should still be taken serious, even though they are common in our society. Taking precautions to prevent the spread of infection and lower the risk of contracting the diseases themselves. Washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth in your elbow lowers the spread of the infection, and lowers the risk of contaminating others. Microorganisms

Varicella-Zoster virus

The first microorganism that’s going to be discussed is the first form of the Varicella-Zoster virus, Chicken pox. Chicken pox is a rash consisting of tiny, itchy blisters that cover the vast majority of the body. The virus appears primarily in children over the age of one year old. The rash starts on the face, scalp, chest or neck (UMMC 2011). The virus is highly contagious and spreads very easily from one child to another.

The Varicella virus is a type of herpes virus. This virus is spread through direct contact; sneezing, coughing, or breathing. The uninfected will become infected within 2 days of coming in contact. Symptoms of chicken pox include a low grade fever, malaise, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and an upset stomach. Diagnosis for this virus is easily detected by your doctor due to the characteristic of your rash (UMMC 2011). The time of year that is most dominant for the chicken pox is late winter, early spring (UMMC 2011).

There is preventative care for chicken pox. If you have never had chicken pox, you should avoid all contact with anyone who...

References: * University of Maryland Medical Center (2011) Varicella-zoster virus.
* National Vaccine Information Center (2012)
* MicrobiologyBytes (2009) Corona Viruses
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