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Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be Dangerous

Especially for the young and elderly

(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is notoriously contagious, and for some people it can be very dangerous. Women who are pregnant, young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk of complications.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these potential complications of chickenpox:

  • Pneumonia, blood poisoning or dehydration.
  • Brain inflammation or infection.
  • Bacterial infection affecting the skin or soft tissues, especially among children.
  • Infection of the joints or bones.
  • Toxic shock syndrome.
  • Unusual bleeding.

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