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March 25, 1998

Varicella Infection in Adults Reporting Prior Varicella

JAMA. 1998;279(12):911-912. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-12-jbk0325

To the Editor.—The article by Dr Wallace and colleagues1 concludes that "[a] history of previous varicella infection in adults with varicella may not be reliable." Based on my previous work with medical students2 and 2 previously published large surveys of armed forces recruits,3,4 it is hard to accept this conclusion on the basis of the limited data presented.

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