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Abstract Title:

Herpes zoster and meningitis resulting from reactivation of varicella vaccine virus in an immunocompetent child.

Abstract Source:

Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Jun;53(6):792-5. Epub 2008 Nov 22. PMID: 19028409

Abstract Author(s):

Sujit Iyer, Manoj K Mittal, Richard L Hodinka

Article Affiliation:

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399, USA. iyers@email.chop.edu

Abstract:

Herpes zoster complicated by meningitis has been mainly reported in immunocompromised patients after reactivation of wild-type varicella-zoster virus. We present one of the first cases of aseptic meningitis after herpes zoster caused by reactivation of vaccine-type varicella-zoster virus in an immunocompetent child. We also highlight the increasing role of both wild-type and vaccine strains of varicella-zoster virus as a cause of viral meningoencephalitis and the use of appropriate laboratory tools to rapidly and accurately identify the virus in order to provide prompt patient care and management.

Study Type : Human Study

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