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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Mar;30(3):266-8. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181f63cf9.

Herpes zoster and meningitis due to reactivation of varicella vaccine virus in an immunocompetent child.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA.


Neurologic complications from varicella zoster virus (VZV) reactivation are rare. In this article, we describe a previously immunized child who developed herpes zoster with meningitis. Vaccine strain of VZV was recovered from a skin swab and the cerebrospinal fluid. Reactivation of the vaccine strain of VZV should be recognized as a potential cause of meningitis in children.

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