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A Pox on You, Alex Rios and Kelvin Herrera!

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 2, 2015

No. 1,209

RoyalsYes, there was a chicken pox outbreak in the Kansas City Royals clubhouse.  Not shingles, but adult chicken pox.

It seems that the two Latin players were never exposed to the virus, because it doesn’t thrive in the tropics.  And they weren’t vaccinated because such vaccinations are not always given in the tropics.

It is speculated that one of them was infected by a child.

And then there are shingles — a chicken pox comeback prevalent in adults who once had the pox and never received a shingles shot.

As a public service, here are a few Q and A’s about chicken pox and shingles that I lifted verbatim from Google.

How long does it take for chicken pox to appear?
The infection can take anywhere from 10 to 21 days to develop after exposure to someone with chicken pox or shingles. People with chicken pox are contagious a couple days before their rash appears and remain so until all of their blisters have scabbed.
How long is the chickenpox contagious?
Patients with chickenpox are contagious for 1 – 2 days before the rash appears and continue to be contagious until all the blisters are crusted over (usually 6-8 days).
Can you get shingles without having had chicken pox?
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. When people are first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, usually as children, they get chickenpox. Years or decades later, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of shingles.
Can you get chickenpox from someone with shingles?
You can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you have not had chickenpox before. But most adults and older children have already had chickenpox, and so are immune. You cannot get shinglesfrom someone who has shingles. The shingles rash is contagious until all the blisters (vesicles) have scabbed and are dry.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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