Latest Varicella zoster virus Stories
You may recall as a child catching the itchy red rash, chicken pox. The unsightly infection was caused by the varicella zoster virus and was responsible for nearly 4 million cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), until a vaccine introduced in 1995 reduced that number by 83 percent.
Cases of chickenpox -- a disease that was once nearly universal -- have fallen 57% to 90% in communities across the USA since a vaccine was introduced in 1995, a new report shows.
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To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Ginger Plumbo of Mayo Clinic, +1-507-284-5005 (days), +1- 507-284-2511 (evenings), firstname.lastname@example.org ROCHESTER, Minn., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the June issue of Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted the unanimous recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the use of ZOSTAVAX(R) (Zoster Vaccine Live) for the prevention of shingles in adults aged 60 and older.
By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Nov. 1--MANATEE -- The county jail has been closed to visitors due to 13 confirmed cases of chicken pox, Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported this morning.
By Daniel Lee, The Indianapolis Star Oct. 27--Many people over 60 soon will have easier and more affordable access to a vaccine that helps prevent the painful and common condition known as shingles.
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. announced today that effective immediately it will cover the vaccine Zostavax(TM), designed to prevent shingles, a painful condition resulting from the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, typically in older individuals.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers in India describe a hospital outbreak of chickenpox in which the source of infection was a cadaver.
Herpes zoster (or zoster), is known as shingles or zona and is a viral disease characterized by painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body. Initial infection causes chickenpox. Once chickenpox is over the virus remains in the body and can cause shingles. It can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and sometimes in the dorsal root, cranial nerve, or autonomic ganglion. Years after initial infection, another breakout can cause a painful rash. The rash usually...
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