The Varicella-Zoster virus is also abbreviated to VZV, the unfamiliar official name of this virus is human herpes virus 3. An infection with this virus leads to chickenpox. After infection, the virus remains latent in the non-neuronal cells of the sensory ganglia. With reduced cellular immunity, the virus can reactivate itself, manifesting itself in one or more dermatomes.
If a pregnant woman is infected with chickenpox, during the second or third trimester of pregnancy, the neonate can develop shingles in the first or second year of life. Shingles is a skin disease associated with redness and fluid-filled blisters.
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