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Chickenpox Cases Down 85 Percent Since 2-Dose Vaccine Started: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 -- Chickenpox -- which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus -- has continued declining in the United States since 2006, when doctors began routinely recommending a second dose of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, U.S. health...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

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Conclusions:Varicella vaccination is not cost ‑effective in Iran in one‑dose and two‑dose scenario under the assumptions of this study in base case scenario according to the threshold of incremental cost per DALY averted less than three time of GDP per capita in Iran = US$ 14,292.One ‑dose vaccination program might be cost‑effective in upper scenario of epidemiological burden of varicella in sensitivity analysis.Keywords:Chicken pox, children, cost ‑effectiveness, Iran, varicella vaccination, varicella zostervirus
Source: International Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
This study may provide new insight into the attenuating mutations associated with in vitro passaging of VZV. PMID: 29242077 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Virus Research - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Virus Res Source Type: research
View Original Article Here: How Long Does Shingles Last In The Elderly? Shingles is a viral infection that follows a varicella-zoster infection, although it can take decades for symptoms of the secondary disease to emerge. The condition presents as a painful and blistering rash, but it is not life-threatening. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are nearly one million cases in the United States each year, and almost half of those cases are in older adults over age 60. Some people only see one instance of the illness, while others have recurring symptoms, but 30 percent of Americans will develop shingles at s...
Source: Shield My Senior - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Senior Safety Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Data is consistent with that of the literature in other countries. The role of vaccination to prevent infection in children and adults is discussed. PMID: 29451634 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Salud Publica de Mexico - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: Salud Publica Mex Source Type: research
AbstractVaricella zoster virus (VZV) infection has been implicated in multiple sclerosis (MS), but direct causal involvement has been disputed. Nevertheless, knowledge of VZV exposure is important, given the risk of serious complications of first exposure while undergoing immunosuppressive treatment, in particular with fingolimod. We distributed questionnaires to MS clinic patients, requesting information about history of chickenpox, sibling/household/occupational exposure, history of zoster (shingles), and disease-modifying treatment. A random, proportionally representative sample of 51 patients that included patients wit...
Source: Journal of NeuroVirology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
By Amanda MacMillan A few weeks after my 34th birthday, my husband and I went for a Saturday hike — a weekly ritual we’d started after moving to New York State’s Catskill Mountains region a few months earlier. I’d been feeling a bit under the weather, and I hoped the fresh autumn air would do me good. It didn’t. Later that night, I had chills and my skin felt strangely sensitive, like when you’re coming down with the flu. On top of that, it felt like I had pulled a muscle in my back or chest; when I breathed or stretched certain ways, I’d get shooting pains across my body. I blamed...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Despite prior vaccination, seroimmunity in a large cohort of young adults unexposed to wild-type VZV failed to meet the estimated threshold for herd immunity. If vaccination in accordance with the current US VZV vaccination schedule is inadequate to maintain herd immunity, young adults not previously exposed to wild-type VZV may be at increased risk for varicella outbreaks. PMID: 28359621 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
​I want to reawaken awareness of a disappearing but highly contagious infectious disease — varicella. Thanks to immunizations for the wild-type varicella virus and shingles, or herpes zoster, younger health care providers are less aware of the appearance and clinical presentations of this viral infection.Presentations of this viral disease have markedly declined and presentations are often atypical since the advent of immunizations for varicella in 1995. This DNA virus within the herpes virus family is generally a mild childhood disease but can wreak physical havoc in adults, especially pregnant women. Immunosuppre...
Source: M2E Too! Mellick's Multimedia EduBlog - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs
This article discusses the background, clinical manifestations, and management of herpes zoster ophthalmicus.
Source: Disease a Month - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
SummaryHerpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Varicella‐zoster Virus (VZV) are two leading causes of sight‐threatening keratitis. They are able to become latent in nervous system, especially the trigeminal ganglia in which they can reactivate, thus producing new viral particles that finally reach the cornea.Episodes of HSV keratitis may occur spontaneously or following a triggering factor like immunosuppression (including topical steroids), topical inflammation and nerve injuries. Ocular surgery, which combines several of these factors, is a strong risk factor of HSV keratitis reccurence. In case of exposure to one of these tr...
Source: Acta Ophthalmologica - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Abstracts from the 2016 European Association for Vision and Eye Research Conference Source Type: research
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