A Germ by Any Other Name: 'Stomach Flu' and Other Medical Misnomers

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  • True or false: Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the same virus.

    • Chicken pox and shingles are both caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Anyone who has had chicken pox is vulnerable to the virus reactivating later in life, which is a case of shingles.
    • Chicken pox and shingles are both caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Anyone who has had chicken pox is vulnerable to the virus reactivating later in life, which is a case of shingles.

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