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Also known as: Varicella Zoster Virus; VZV; Herpes Zoster
Formal name: Varicella Zoster Virus Culture; Varicella Zoster Virus by PCR; Varicella Zoster Virus by DFA; Varicella Zoster Virus Antibodies, IgG and IgM

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Sources Used in Current Review

Kaneshiro, N. (Updated 2011 August 2). Chickenpox. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001592.htm. Accessed December 2012.

Papadopoulos, A. et. al. (Updated 2011 June 20). Chickenpox. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1131785-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed December 2012.

Couturier, M. et. al. (Updated 2012 August). Varicella-Zoster Virus - VZV. ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/VZV.html?client_ID=LTD through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed December 2012.

(© 1995-2012). Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) Antibody, IgG and IgM, Serum. Mayo Clinic Mayo Medical Laboratories [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Overview/84424 through http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com. Accessed December 2012.

McPherson, R. and Pincus, M. (© 2011). Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods 22nd Edition: Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA. Pp 1052-1053.

(January 10, 2011) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed February 2013.

(May 18, 2012) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Overview. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/index.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed February 2013.

(November 16, 2011) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chickenpox (Varicella). Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/ through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed February 2013.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

Wu, A. (© 2006). Tietz Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, Fourth Edition: Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, MO. Pp 1623.

Forbes, B. et. al. (© 2007). Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, Twelfth Edition: Mosby Elsevier Press, St. Louis, MO. Pp 748-749.

(Updated 2009 February 3). Shingles: Hope Through Research. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [Online information]. Available online at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/detail_shingles.htm through http://www.ninds.nih.gov. Accessed February 19, 2009.

(Updated 2009 January 27). Varicella (Chickenpox). CDC, Traveler's Health – Yellow Book, Chapter 4 Prevention of Specific Infectious Diseases [Online information]. Available online at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowBookCh4-Chickenpox.aspx through http://wwwn.cdc.gov. Accessed February 2009.

Rauch, D. (Updated 2007 July 26). Chickenpox. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia [Online information]. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001592.htm. Accessed February 2009.

Anderson, W. (Updated 2007 September 14). Varicella-Zoster Virus. eMedicine [Online information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/231927-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed February 2009.

Miller, G. and Dummer, J. (2007 May 9). Herpes Simplex and Varicella Zoster Viruses: Forgotten but Not Gone. American Journal of Transplant 2007;7(4):741-747. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/556000 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed February 2009.

(Updated December 2008). Varicella-Zoster Virus – VZV. Arup Consult [Online information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/InfectiousDz/Viruses/VZV.html through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed February 2009.

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