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Is chickenpox serious?

When chickenpox infects a normally healthy child, it usually will clear up without special treatment and is not considered serious. But certain individuals who contract chickenpox may run into serious health issues. Pregnant women, newborns, adults, people with weak immune systems or those who are on cancer treatments or steroid medications, may be susceptible to other skin infections, pneumonia, and encephalitis. The baby of a pregnant woman with chickenpox has a small chance to develop birth defects because of the virus.

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