Shingles is a very contagious illness that can result in passing along the chicken pox virus to those around you. The illness starts in the form of the Vericella-Zoster virus that generally begins developing as chicken pox in children. The virus even after it is healed then lives dormant inside the system until one day as an adult the patient becomes ill again. This time, the virus can be even stronger and show as shingles. While some experts report one with shingles usually can’t pass on shingles, but passes on chicken pox- there are stipulations to that rule. If you are in contact with someone that had shingles already you can easily give it back to them again. The illness isn’t just a mere rash and a fever, it can be fatal and for that reason, there are several categorizations of people that should never come into contact with a shingles patient.