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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Herpes cousins

Actually yes indeed.
The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW.

In brief: Herpes cousins

Actually yes indeed.
The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW.
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In brief: The only

Link they have is they are both members of the Herpes family of viruses.
They both can cause mouth sores. They both are contagious.

In brief: The only

Link they have is they are both members of the Herpes family of viruses.
They both can cause mouth sores. They both are contagious.
Thank
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