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February 1980

Herpes Zoster in a 4-Month-Old Infant

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(2):160. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640260036009

To the Editor.—  The current accepted theory of the pathogenesis of herpes zoster is that the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is first introduced into the body during an attack of varicella. The VZV then stays quiescent in a sensory ganglion, and during a time of stress, replicates and travels along the nerve to produce the characteristic herpes zoster lesions, clusters of vesicles on an erythematous base, usually distributed along one or two dermatomes. Invariably, there is a past history of varicella. We present here a case of herpes zoster in a 4-month-old infant who had never had varicella, but whose mother had varicella during the sixth month of gestation.

Report of a Case.—  A 4-month-old infant was brought to the emergency room of Kings County Hospital Center, New York, because of a cough and a runny nose of two weeks' duration and a rash along the right side of the trunk

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