It is well known that a second attack of varicella is exceedingly rare. Since a history of a previous attack may influence the diagnosis of atypical varicelliform eruptions, it is well to remember that occasionally a patient has been known to have a second attack of varicella. Dr. T. J. McCamant,1 former chief of the El Paso City-County Health Unit, reported two attacks of varicella occurring in a child during the same epidemic of the disease. During a recent epidemic we observed a recurrence of the eruption within three weeks of the healing of the first attack.
REPORT OF A CASE
E. V., a Mexican boy aged 5 years, was seen May 21, 1939, during an epidemic of varicella. There was a moderately severe eruption on the trunk, face and scalp and in the oral cavity. The eruption consisted of discrete, small, thin-walled vesicles, many of which were surrounded
Hughes RP, Smith LM. VARICELLA OCCURRING TWICE IN ONE PATIENT DURING A SINGLE EPIDEMIC. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(3):433. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490030090013
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