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J R Soc Med. 1991 December; 84(12): 721–722.
PMCID: PMC1295518

An outbreak of chickenpox in a military field hospital--the implications for biological warfare.


An outbreak of chickenpox with spread to patients and staff on the isolation ward of a British field hospital during the Gulf war is described. The implications for the design and operation of field hospital isolation units should transmissible biological warfare agents be encountered in any future conflict are discussed.

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