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Chicken Pox
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.22

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    antiviral, calamine, coma, delirium, flu-like, lesion, papule, playgroups, pustule, varicella-zoster, recommendation, syndrome, long-term, highly, aspirin, individually
     content words:    American Academy


Chicken Pox
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Polly was sleepy and cranky. She didn't feel well. She was running a fever. She felt this way for two days, almost as if she had the flu. Then a red, bumpy rash developed and became very itchy. She had around 150 blisters. What was wrong? This combination of an itchy rash with flu-like symptoms must mean the chicken pox.
 
2     Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, or VZV. It is much more common among children than adults. Not all that long ago, four million children a year suffered from chicken pox. Ninety percent of them were under the age of 15. It was much more serious if an adult came down with chicken pox.
 
3     A virus is not alive until it is in a living cell. Once in a living cell, it can reproduce. The living cell is the host. The virus attacks the cell, injects its own DNA or RNA code, and can then make more viruses to spread to other cells in the body.

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