Chicken Pox

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Acceptability at Recruitment

ACCEPTABLE

Acceptability at CT / Work-Up

QUALIFIED

Individual at Risk

Recipient

Explanation of Condition

Infection, usually of small children and infants, characterised by a blistering rash which may be intensely itchy. In adults, more severe symptoms such as lung infection or brain infection may by life-threatening.

Guidance

Donor must wait until two weeks after chicken pox lesions are completely healed and scabs have fallen off before donation. The same guidance applies for zoster reactivation (shingles), unless there is persistent pain, in which case the medical officer should be informed.

If contact with chicken-pox infected individual between CT and donation, and varicella serology is negative, allow four weeks between contact and donation.

Pseudonyms or Related Conditions

Shingles

Varicella zoster virus

Version

Version 1, Edition 1

Date of Last Update

15th June 2012