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Reactivation of chickenpox contracted in infancy.
  1. K Terada,
  2. S Kawano,
  3. Y Hiraga,
  4. T Morita
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama, Japan.


    Varicella zoster virus DNA in mononuclear cells was studied by the polymerase chain reaction to obtain virological evidence of reactivation in the children who had contracted chickenpox in infancy. The results appear to explain why chickenpox in infancy is a risk factor for herpes zoster in immunocompetent children.

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