herpes zoster virusmedical dictionary

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<virology> A virus in the family Herpesviridae which causeschickenpox initially and may go dormant and later re-activate, causing the disease shingles. Chickenpox is a common, highly communicabledisease that causes fever and fluid-filled blisters on the skin.Shingles are characterised by extremely painful skin eruptions.

(09 Oct 1997)