Varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), is a human pathogen of the Herpesviridae family that has a double-stranded linear DNA genome. Primary infection usually causes varicella (chickenpox) in children, after which the virus establishes latency in sensory neurons. Subsequent reactivation causes herpes zoster (shingles) in adults.
Infectious diseases [BR:br08401]
Infections caused by dsDNA viruses
Human diseases in ICD-11 classification [BR:br08403]
01 Certain infectious or parasitic diseases
Viral infections characterised by skin or mucous membrane lesions
Varicella zoster virus infections