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Varicella zoster virus DNA in throat swabs.
  1. T Ozaki,
  2. H Miwata,
  3. Y Matsui,
  4. S Kido,
  5. K Yamanishi
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Showa Hospital, Kohnan, Japan.


    Eighty-one throat swabs from 18 patients infected with varicella were tested for varicella zoster virus DNA by the polymerase chain reaction. The positive rates were 26.2% (11/42) during the incubation period and 89.7% (35/39) after clinical onset. The results indicate the pharynx is a site for early replication of the virus.

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