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Herpes Simplex and Varicella Zoster Viruses

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The Viruses

Slide 2

December 2009

To begin, herpes simplex virus, otherwise known as HSV, and varicella zoster virus, or VZV, are 2 common viruses in the herpesviridae family. They both can cause lesions of the skin and mucosal membranes: 2 common manifestations of HSV infection are oral herpes or cold sores, and genital herpes, while VZV causes chicken pox and shingles. Rarely, HSV and VZV can also cause systemic disease, but dermal and anogenital disease are much more common. The classic presentations of these diseases can usually be diagnosed without laboratory testing, but there are also situations in which the viruses have overlapping clinical manifestations, and laboratory testing may be indicated in these instances.

The Viruses


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