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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Jun;29(6):574-6. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181d76f7f.

Herpes zoster in healthy infants and toddlers after perinatal exposure to varicella-zoster virus: a case series and review of the literature.

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

Exposure to varicella-zoster virus in utero or during the first months of life is the main risk factor for the development of herpes zoster (HZ) in healthy children. We report a case series of 16 infants and toddlers who presented with HZ after early exposure to varicella-zoster virus. Two patients had recurrences. Despite the severity of the rash in some cases, the benign course and the long-term good prognosis of HZ in healthy children is noteworthy.

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20516836
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10.1097/INF.0b013e3181d76f7f
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