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Table 2 Symptoms during an episode of varicella* in children < 6 years of age, the Netherlands, 2007

From: The burden of varicella from a parent's perspective and its societal impact in The Netherlands: an Internet survey

  No medical doctor's visit (n = 1,591) Medical doctor's visit (n = 973) 0-5 years (n = 2,564)
  N (%) N (%) N (%)
Symptoms    
Skin vesicles¥ 1,552 (97.5) 964 (99.1) 2,516 (98.1)
Itching 1,452 (91.3) 905 (93.0) 2,357 (91.9)
Listlessness 1,417 (89.1) 908 (93.3) 2,325 (90.7)
Fever 1,167 (73.4) 830 (85.3) 1,997 (77.9)
Troubled sleeping 941 (59.1) 706 (72.6) 1,647 (64.2)
Troubled eating or drinking 785 (49.3) 619 (63.6) 1,404 (54.8)
Cold/coughing 647 (40.7) 551 (56.6) 1,198 (46.7)
Mouth vesicles 574 (36.1) 457 (47.0) 1,031 (40.2)
Skin haemorrhage 530 (33.3) 439 (45.1) 969 (37.8)
Diarrhoea 390 (24.5) 421 (43.3) 811 (31.6)
Vomiting 210 (13.2) 261 (26.8) 471 (18.4)
Skin infection or inflammation 168 (10.6) 243 (25.0) 411 (16.0)
Balance or movement disorder 37 (2.3) 78 (8.0) 115 (4.5)
Fits/convulsions 31 (1.9) 54 (5.5) 85 (3.3)
Unconsciousness 27 (1.7) 38 (3.9) 65 (2.5)
Other symptoms § 8 (0.5) 37 (3.8) 45 (1.8)
  1. * More than one symptom or complication could be filled out; ¶ Chi-square test, p = 0.000; † Chi-square test, p = 0.001;
  2. ¥ Chi-square test, p = 0.006; ‡ Chi-square test, p = 0.115; § Broad range of complaints (e.g. asthma, otitis, laryngitis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, dehydration)