A 33-year-old member asked:
can you get shingles from a pet?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Martin Raff answered
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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