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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Are rashes during west nile virus itchy?

Are rashes during west nile virus itchy?

For some it is.: In article entitled: ' characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever' - 33% of people with rashes described pruritus. ...Read more

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Maybe,maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems. ...Read more

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read more

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Is smallpox contagious?

Is smallpox contagious?

Yes: Viral particles from mouth sores or skin blisters are the infective material. It is passed only person to person, no animals or insect carriers. ...Read more

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I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted. ...Read more

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West nile virus rash look like?

West nile virus rash look like?

Rash: About 20% of people who are infected w west nile virus may develop a rash. The rash is variable ; may be maculopapular or macular. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagous?

Are shingles contagous?

Shingles: Shingles (herpes zoster) results as a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in patients previously afflicted with chickenpox. It is only contagious to individuals not previously vaccinated against chickenpox or who have an immune deficiency in whom it manifests as chickenpox and not shingles. It is preventable through vaccination. Ask your doctor how you can access the vaccine. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as shingles. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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