Reactivation of latent Varicella-zoster virus
(m/c after the 60th)
>Dermatomal vesicular rash,
usually associated with severe pain
Herpes zoster occurs at all ages.
among the 60’s (5–10 cases per 1000 persons)
1.2 million cases occur annually in the United States.
Higher incidence in chronic disease patients.
Hypertension, DM, Pulmonary Tbc, Leukemia, Lymphoma, AIDS
Recurrent herpes zoster is exceedingly rare
except in immunocompromised hosts, especially AIDS.