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J Infect Dis. 1989 Sep;160(3):535-7.

Herpes zoster in an adult recipient of live attenuated varicella vaccine.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, New York.

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  • J Infect Dis 1989 Dec;160(6):1095.


A healthy 30-y-old female physician who was immunized with two doses of live attenuated varicella vaccine developed a localized case of zoster involving the right T8-10 dermatomes 36 mo after vaccination. The virus isolated from her rash was an unusual wild-type of varicella-zoster virus. After immunization she developed detectable antibodies to varicella-zoster virus, but antibodies were no longer detectable after 20 mo. Six months before development of zoster, she was exposed to a patient with varicella; however, she did not develop a clinical illness although she again became seropositive. To date, this is the only reported case of zoster among 187 healthy adult vaccinees.

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