SIMULTANEOUS ONSET OF HERPES ZOSTER IN A FATHER AND SON

Authors

  • Naeem Raza
  • Nasser Rashid Dar
  • Amer Ejaz

Abstract

The Varicella Zoster virus persists in sensory nerve ganglion cells after chicken pox and getsreactivated to cause herpes zoster after variable periods of time as a result of waning of specificcellular immunity. Susceptible contacts of herpes zoster can develop chicken pox and very rarelyherpes zoster. We report an interesting case of a father and his son who developed herpes zostersimultaneously without any obvious common predisposition and discuss the possible underlyingmechanism.Key Words: Herpes zoster, Simultaneous onset, Incubation period, Family.

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