A 33-year-old member asked:
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can you get shingles from a pet?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles.
Answered on Sep 10, 2013
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Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Pets don't carry varicella zoster virus. You get shingles from yourself: reactivation of the latent chickenpox virus that's present in your nerve cells.
Answered on Aug 10, 2012

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