Varicella zoster virus

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Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is one of eight herpesviruses and is only known to infect humans. It causes chickenpox in children, teens and young adults and herpes zoster (shingles) in adults and rarely in children.

Chickenpox[edit | edit source]

Shingles[edit | edit source]

Lyme Disease[edit | edit source]

Several herpesviruses including varicella-zoster virus[1][2] may cause false positives on Lyme Disease tests.

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • 2001, In a Belgian study, 26.8% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 30.7% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported cold sores and /or shingles.[3]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Feder HM Jr, Gerber MA, Luger SW, Ryan RW. False-positive serologic tests for Lyme disease after varicella infection. N Engl J Med 1991;325:1886-7
  2. Woelfle J, Wilske B, Haverkamp F, Bialek R. False-positive serological tests for Lyme disease in facial palsy and varicella zoster meningo-encephalitis. Eur J Pediatr 1998;157:953-4.
  3. De Becker, P; McGregor, N; De Meirleir, K (Sep 2001), "A definition-based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.", Journal of Internal Medicine, 250 (3): 234-240, PMID 11555128 


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