Abstract Title:

Fatal wild-type varicella-zoster virus encephalitis without a rash in a vaccinated child.

Abstract Source:

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Feb ;32(2):183-5. PMID: 22982982

Abstract Author(s):

Mam Ibraheem, Mona Marin, Jessica Leung, Clare H Bryce, D Scott Schmid, Sherif R Zaki, Clifton Drew, Lindy Liu, Chad Smelser

Article Affiliation:

Mam Ibraheem


Encephalitis associated with varicella-zoster virus, rare among children in the varicella vaccine era, has generally been associated with a rash. We report fatal wild-type varicella-zoster virus encephalitis without a rash in a child who had received 1 dose of varicella vaccine. Varicella-zoster virus encephalitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis for children presenting with acute neurologic symptoms, even vaccine recipients.

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