Journal Article

Reactivation of 2 Genetically Distinct Varicella-Zoster Viruses in the Same Individual

Y. Taha, F. T. Scott, S. P. Parker, D. Syndercombe Court, M. L. Quinlivan and J. Breuer

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 43, issue 10, pages 1301-1303
Published in print November 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/508539
Reactivation of 2 Genetically Distinct Varicella-Zoster Viruses in the Same Individual

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Varicella-zoster viruses recovered from 2 episodes of herpes zoster in an immunocompetent man were found to be different genotypes. The fact that the 2 isolates came from the same individual was confirmed by DNA fingerprinting. Immunity following chickenpox may not always protect against systemic reinfection. This finding raises questions about varicella-zoster virus pathogenesis and may have an impact on public health policy.

Journal Article.  1842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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