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J Trop Med Hyg. 1985 Aug;88(4):261-4.

Herpes zoster in children following malaria.


Herpes zoster is uncommon in normal children in the 0-9 year age group. However, its incidence is markedly increased in those who are immunosuppressed. Six Papua New Guinean children under 9 years of age developed herpes zoster following an episode of malaria, due to Plasmodium falciparum or Plasmodium vivax which was treated with chloroquine. The reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in these patients may reflect transient depression of cell-mediated immunity by these malaria parasites, possibly augmented by the chloroquine used in their treatment.

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