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Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: In children, the rash is mild and complete resolution usually occurs within 1-2 weeks.
Answered on May 19, 2015

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