About Varicella Zoster

Varicella Zoster is a member of the alphaherpesvirinae subfamily, and is a virus normally acquired in the early stages of life. Varicella Zoster is more commonly known as Chicken Pox in children and Shingles in adolescence and adults. When Varicella Zoster Virus enters the human body, (normally within the first decade of a person’s life), The virus attains access to the ganglia (mass of nerve tissue containing cell bodies of neurons that is located outside of the central nervous system) and goes into latency (delay) until it is reactivated. When reactivated, the virus replicates and sheds the virus which results in Chicken Pox (Varicella) or Shingles (Herpes Zoster).

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