Varicella Zoster Virus Infections: Insights and Therapeutics

John Toney, MD, FIDSA
Friday, July 10, 2020
Category: Ambulatory Care Infections, Arboviruses, Immunizations, Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Viral Infections

Dr. Toney reviews the epidemiology and management of Varicella Zoster infections. He first discusses the prevalence and clinical presentation of this herpesvirus family infection. He points out the importance of recognizing the prodrome in patients before the complete outbreak occurs. He goes on to discuss the clinical complications of VZV disease, including ophthalmologic, multi-dermatomal, and disseminated infections. He next discusses the treatment options available to manage Zoster infections. The subject of available Zoster vaccines is then discussed, with a focus on the newer Recombinant Zoster Vaccine (RZV). Lastly, Dr. Toney presents a couple of photo case-studies.

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