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.

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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.


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