Viro Perspectives

Learn more on the topic of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) via our ongoing series of clinical posts by David Kilpatrick, PhD and Abbas Vafai, PhD.

INTRODUCTION: Reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) after a primary infection (chickenpox) leads to herpes zoster (HZ-shingles). In this review by Kennedy et al1., look at some recent issues in alphaherpesvirus latency, particularly in regards to VZV ganglionic latency. The key question they ask is the nature and extent of viral gene transcription during viral latency. […]

INTRODUCTION: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a highly contagious Herpesvirus which causes chickenpox (primary infection) or shingles (upon reactivation). VZV poses a nosocomial infection for healthcare workers and patients. The incubation period for the virus is between 10-21 days. It is generally thought that patients are infectious 1-2 days prior to rash onset and between 4-7 […]

INTRODUCTION: This is Part IV in a series presenting reports dealing with the reaction of Herpes viruses during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Numerous articles came out during 2020 linking Herpes virus reactivations during the pandemic. One of these Herpes viruses, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) has also been shown to reactivate during the pandemic. It has been […]