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Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
15 years experience in Dermatology
See Below: It can be a bit confusing. The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3.
Answered on Feb 27, 2018
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