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Dr. DAVID AMOS
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Varicella Zoster Virus (Overview)

Varicella-Zoster Virus is a type of herpes virus that causes chicken pox in children and young adults. It causes Zoster, typically in the elderly, which is an outbreak of painful blisters localized in the area of skin innervated by a single nerve.


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How long can the varicella-zoster virus last on surfaces?

How long can the varicella-zoster virus last on surfaces?

Shingles: We don't generally worry about shingles virus being spread by surfaces. As a rule you can give someone chicken pox if you have shingles so you should not have anyone with a poor immune system touch your shingles rash. I think the virus probably could survive on a surface but since chicken pox itself is usually spread by breathing on someone doubt you could give chicken pox this way. ...Read more

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Dr. DAVID AMOS
157 doctors shared insights

Varicella Zoster Virus (Overview)

Varicella-Zoster Virus is a type of herpes virus that causes chicken pox in children and young adults. It causes Zoster, typically in the elderly, which is an outbreak of painful blisters localized in the area of skin innervated by a single nerve.


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How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles. ...Read more

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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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Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause. ...Read more

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What is the lifespan of varicella zoster virus outside the host cell?

About 24 hours: Vzv can survive outside the human body for up to 24 hours, but it may be less in inhospitable conditions. ...Read more

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What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

Serious effects: Varicella-zoster virus can cause prematurity, encephalitis, pneumonia, intrauterine growth restriction, central nervous system abnormalities, limb abnormalities, blindness, and possibly death if birth occurs during active infection. This is one reason why the VZV vaccine is contraindicated during pregnancy since it is a live vaccine. ...Read more

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Is latent varicella-zoster virus more likely to reactivate if the person is re-exposed to the virus or does it only reactivate with stressing the body?

Is latent varicella-zoster virus more likely to reactivate if the person is re-exposed to the virus or does it only reactivate with stressing the body?

Hard to say: For most individuals re-exposure will only give an individual a chance to boost their immunity and thereby keep the inactivated virus in check.If their systems immunity has weakened enough to allow emergence, the stress of the exposure could let this happen.However, it is difficult if not impossible to link these by proper study. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more