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Why is the virus entitled Chicken Pox when it is contracted by humans? How did Chicken Pox get its name? If cows can contract a virus entitled cow pox, why is Chicken Pox Chicken Pox?


The reason is exactly that: because there is a chicken disease called "chicken pox"...even "our " chicken pox isn't caused by the same virus...

see, pox diseases are a complex of viral diseases in domestic animals and men, marked mainly by eruptions of the skin and mucous membranes. So there is for example: smallpox (men), sheep pox, rabbit pox, horse pox, fowl pox, cow pox, mouse pox, and so on...

Pox virus are the group of viruses responsible for small pox in humans and a wide range of pox diseases in animals. Chicken pox in humans is also called varicella and is caused by a herpes virus.

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(Dr. Mabel Rodrigues)

What's in a name? That which the English call Chicken Pox, the Dutch call Water Pox and the Germans call them Wind Pox. The official medical term is 'varicella' which means 'little pox' I think the names illustrate that people could only guess where the disease came from. We don't get it from chickens, but the virus does survive in little drops of water, that are carried by the air. So the Dutch and Germans were closer to the truth than the English.

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar

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