Introduction and Nomenclature

  • D. Taylor-Robinson
  • Anne E. Caunt
Part of the Virology Monographs: Die Virusforschung in Einzeldarstellungen book series (VIROLOGY, volume 12)


Varicella virus causes two distinct clinical conditions, chickenpox and herpes zoster. Chickenpox, as varicella is commonly known, is a highly infectious disease which, when introduced by either chickenpox or herpes zoster cases, spreads rapidly in a susceptible population. On the other hand, epidemiological studies have failed to show that herpes zoster is acquired by contact with other cases of herpes zoster or cases of chickenpox. The sporadic occurrence of zoster has led to the hypothesis that this disease represents a reactivation of a latent infection following chickenpox.


Herpes Zoster Latent Infection Neutralization Test Vesicle Fluid Vervet Monkey 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Taylor-Robinson
    • 1
  • Anne E. Caunt
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Communicable DiseasesM. R. C. Clinical Research CentreHarrow, MiddlesexEngland
  2. 2.Department of Medical Microbiology, New Medical SchoolUniversity of LiverpoolEngland

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