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...
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ConclusionsScarring after HZ is probably overlooked. The principal risk factors seem to be severe HZ and immunosuppression. Hence, prompt instigation of antiviral treatment for HZ and HZ vaccination could help reduce the incidence of post-HZ scarring.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
AbstractChickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by primary infection of varicella zoster virus (VZV). The disease is spread worldwide and is usually benign but, in some groups of population like pregnant women, can have a severe outcome. Due to a not optimal vaccination coverage, a relatively high number of childbearing-aged women in a European country such as Italy tested seronegative for VZV and so are currently at risk of acquiring chickenpox during pregnancy, especially if they live in contact with children for family or work reasons. Only few data are available about the risk of infection in this setting: the...
Source: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
The skin is a tough tissue resistant to damage and therefore refractory to viral propagation. Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is a skin-tropic virus that causes chickenpox. Although very common, VZV infection can be life-threatening particularly in the immunocompromised. Therefore, understanding VZV-keratinocyte interactions is important to find new treatments beyond vaccination and anti-viral drugs. In VZV-infected skin, we observed focal up-regulation of the protease Kallikrein 6 (KLK6), and the ubiquitin-ligase MDM2 concomitant with Keratin 10 down-regulation.
Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Innate Immunity, Microbiology, Inflammation Source Type: research
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Perhaps you heard the news recently that Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles. Headlines announced this in a variety of ways: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is suffering from shingles (NY DailyNews) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles; must be quarantined from his baby (today.com) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles, regrets joke about blurred vision (CBS News). Without more information, these headlines might leave you wondering: is this a serious condition? Is it dangerous for children? Can it lead to blindness? What is shingles? The term “shingles” refers to a painful rash caused ...
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(Natural News) A case study published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology looked at shingles cases that occurred in healthy children that were vaccinated for chickenpox. In the study, the authors looked at cases of shingles that were initially thought to be skin rashes. The authors looked at seven cases of children who contracted herpes zoster (shingles) at the...
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The goal of this study was to apply the varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccine to patients with pediatric rheumatic diseases (PRD) at risk for severe chickenpox, without interrupting their current immunosuppress...
Source: Pediatric Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
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]
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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...
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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
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