Latest Varicella zoster virus Stories

2006-11-02 15:00:33

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. Twelve staff members and one inmate were diagnosed with chicken pox a week ago, said David Bristow, MSO spokesman. Vendors can still make delivers to the jail, Bristow said, but visitors will not be allowed inside. Chickenpox is caused by Varicella virus, a member of the Herpes family of...

2006-10-27 18:00:49

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. Health insurers are adding the vaccine, Zostavax, to their drug coverage after the immunization advisory committee with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the shot for older patients. Shingles, caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, tends to...

2006-10-26 09:00:57

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. The vaccine will be covered for individuals 60 years of age and older whose benefit plans provide coverage for vaccines. WellPoint already provides benefits for Zostavax through its Medicare Part D benefit based on...

2006-09-04 07:54:02

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers in India describe a hospital outbreak of chickenpox in which the source of infection was a cadaver. The deceased patient was a 36-year-old male renal transplant recipient who had developed what looked like varicella-zoster virus infection (chickenpox) affecting not only the skin but also internal organs, Dr. Navin Paul and Dr. Mini E. Jacob, from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, report. Despite prompt treatment with intravenous...

2006-05-26 13:08:32

By Toni Clarke and Susan Heavey BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday approved the first vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash that affects nearly 1 million, mostly older adults every year. The vaccine, Zostavax, which is made by Merck & Co. and aims to boost the immune system, was approved for adults age 60 and older. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Treatments generally...

2005-12-14 13:35:30

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Studies show Merck & Co. Inc.'s experimental vaccine to prevent shingles can cut the rate of infection by about half in people 60 and older and help curb related pain, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents released on Wednesday. But company data also showed the vaccine, called Zostavax, did not significantly reduce rates of death or hospitalization and became less effective after three years, U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said...

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2011-01-24 12:56:26

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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