herpes zoster virus


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Related to herpes zoster virus: herpes simplex, herpes zoster ophthalmicus

her′pes zos′ter vi`rus


n.
a type of herpesvirus that causes chickenpox and shingles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.herpes zoster virus - a herpes virus that causes shingles
herpes virus, herpes - any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
herpes varicella zoster, herpes varicella zoster virus - a herpes virus that causes chickenpox and shingles
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This is when it's important to be extra careful, because these blisters contain the herpes zoster virus, and they are infectious for up to a week.
PHN, one of the many causes of neuropathic pain, is triggered by a complication of the herpes zoster virus, commonly called shingles.
Generally, opportunistic infections result from at least 1 of 3 mechanisms: (1) external acquisition of a virulent pathogen (e.g., meningococcal meningitis or pneumococcal pneumonia), (2) reactivation of an internal latent organism (e.g., herpes simplex virus, herpes zoster virus (shingles], or TB, and (3) invasion of a normally commensal organism (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi, or protozoa/parasites).