Can A Person Get Shingles If They Never Had Chicken Pox?

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Article updated and reviewed by Daniel A. Rauch, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Associate Residency Program Director and Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Service, New York University on May 11, 2005.

Chicken pox is a generalized infection caused by the varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family . It is characterized by a blistery rash, poetically described as a “dew drop on a rose petal base.” It occurs most frequently in children, between the ages of...

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