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Cutis. 1980 Oct;26(4):378-9.

Recurrences in herpes zoster.


Five persons who had had two attacks of zoster were culled from a series of 400 persons with herpes zoster or postzoster neuralgia (incidence, 1.25 percent). The likelihood of a person having an attack of this virus infection is considered to be between 1 and 2 percent. Hence it is possible that an episode of herpes zoster confers only temporary protection against a second attack. These figures indicate that recurrences are uncommon but do appear as often as primary attacks appear in those who never had this condition previously.

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