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Vaccination Against Varicella and Zoster Its Development and Progress

Varicella, the primary infection with varicella-zoster virus (VZV), was for many centuries confused with smallpox, and was not recognized to be a separate illness until the mid-eighteenth century. The origin of the lay name, chickenpox, has been attributed to chickenpox being a milder form of smallpox (therefore the moniker chicken ). Another possibility regarding nomenclature is that the typical vesicular skin lesions have been said to resemble chick peas. Nevertheless, these are only speculations and one must conclude that no one knows for certain how the name chickenpox originated 1, 2 . Long before the identification of filterable agents or viruses as pathogens, it was recognized that a medical connection must exist between varicella and zoster (shingles). Cases of varicella in children were often noted to have followed close exposure to a person with zoster. In the early twentieth century, therefore, investigators attempting to develop a vaccine as had been tried for smallpox...

Herpes zoster

Herpes zoster is the reactivation of an earlier infection with varicella virus, which subsequently resides lifelong in the spinal ganglia. Herpes zoster episodes occur even in HIV patients with relatively good immune status, and are also seen during immune reconstitution (Martinez 1998). With more advanced immunodeficiency, herpes zoster tends to become generalized. In addition to involvement of one or more dermatomes, dangerous involvement of the eye (affecting the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve, herpes zoster ophthalmicus , with corneal involvement) and ear (herpes zoster oticus) may occur. Most feared is involvement of the retina with necrotizing retinitis. The neurological complications include menin-goencephalitis, myelitis and also involvement of other cranial nerves (Brown 2001).

In Vivo Immune Effects Of Senescent T Cells

In addition to the role that putatively senescent CD8+ T cells may play in regulating functions of other immune cell types, these cells also show alterations in the normal functional attributes of CD8+ T cells. First, CD8+CD28 T cells isolated ex vivo are unable to proliferate (like their cell culture counterparts), even in response to signals that bypass cell surface receptors, such as PMA and ionomycin (Effros et al., 1996). This observation is consistent with extensive research on replicative senescence in a variety of cell types documenting the irreversible nature of the proliferative block, and its association with upregulation of cell cycle inhibitors and p53-linked checkpoints (Campisi, 2001). If the CD8+CD28 T cells present in elderly persons are virus-specific, their inability to undergo the requisite clonal expansion in response to antigen re-encounter will compromise the immune control over that particular virus. Indeed, as noted above, senescent HIV-specific CD8+ T cells...

Ultrastructure and Assembly of Human Herpesvirus6 HHV6

The eight known human herpesviruses are classified into three subfamilies (alpha-, beta- and gammaherpesviruses) based on shared biological properties (Table 1) (Roizman and Pellett, 2001). Alphaherpesviruses have a variable host range, short reproductive cycle, and rapid spread in culture. They establish latent infection primarily in neurons. This subfamily includes the human pathogens herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and -2 or HHV-1 and -2) and varicella-Zoster virus (VZV or HHV-3). Betaherpesviruses have a more restricted host range, longer reproductive cycle, and slower growth in culture. The virus can remain latent in salivary glands, neurons, lymphocytes, and possibly other tissues. HCMV (i.e. HHV-5) and human herpesvirus types 6 and 7 (HHV-6, HHV-7) are members of this subfamily. Gammaherpesviruses include Epstein-Barr virus (EBV or HHV-4) and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) or HHV-8, both associated with certain lymphomas and other cancers. HHV-8...

Neuropathology in Untreated Pre Symptomatic HIVInfected Individuals

HIV-infected pre-symptomatic subjects rarely die before the onset of AIDS, since they generally have CD4 lymphocyte counts above 400 cells l and are not then vulnerable to the range of infections seen in the end stages. Drug abuse and overdoses, accidental or otherwise, are the usual reason for death in pre-AIDS and have provided opportunities to investigate CNS involvement in the pre-symptomatic phase of HIV infection (1, 2). Studies of a unique cohort of HIV-infected intravenous drug abusers in Edinburgh (UK), who were known to have acquired their infection in late 1983 early 1984, showed relatively minor changes in comparison with those seen in AIDS (1). Characteristic AIDS-related conditions, including HIVE and CNS opportunistic infections, such as toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), varcella zoster virus (VZV) or Cryptococcus neoformans were found to be absent in pre-AIDS brains. Despite this, there is evidence of inflammation in the CNS of many of these subjects, in the form...

Clinical Manifestations

Because VZV becomes latent in cranial nerve, dorsal root, and autonomic ganglia along the entire neuroaxis, the virus can manifest anywhere on the body. Typically, the activated virus causes a prodrome consisting of skin sensitivity and mild-to-severe radicular pain, and after five days, a rash appears. The pain is associated with itching and dysesthesia. As with HSV-1, VZV infection decreases sensation in the affected dermatome, yet the affected skin is exquisitely sensitive to touch. The rash may continue to produce pustules that lead to crusting and ulceration. In many affected patients, healing is delayed beyond two weeks and is accompanied by increased skin pigmentation and scarring. Lesions can erupt outside the affected dermatome but rarely cross the midline and are not clinically significant. Distribution of 10 or more lesions outside a single dermatome suggests early evidence of viral dissemination. The term zoster sine herpete is used to describe VZV that is reactivated...

Neuropathological Findings in the PostHAART

The incidence of most of the major CNS complications that were observed prior to the introduction of HAART has fallen. Table 1 shows the changes in the Edinburgh cohort since the introduction of HAART. There has been a marked decline in the incidence of CMV and of toxoplasmosis. The US Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) has also shown a significant decrease in the incidence of cryptococcal meningitis and CNS lymphoma, with a non-significant decrease in toxoplasmosis. The incidence of PML dropped only marginally (69). Some studies have reported an actual increase in HIVE or more severe forms of HIV-related brain disease in HAART-treated individuals (70-73). Gray et al. have shown that in the French cohort there is a decreased incidence of cerebral toxoplasmosis and CMV encephalitis, with the incidence of PML and PCNSL unchanged (72). Gray et al. also report an increase in varicella zoster encephalitis and herpes simplex encephalitis, both previously rare neurological complications of...

Clinical features

Fever, weight loss, diarrhoea, skin changes, CNS manifestations. Haematological abnormalities include thrombocy-topaenia, leucopaenia, neutropaenia, hypergammaglob-ulinaemia and anaemia. Infections may start to occur with organisms such as herpes simplex or zoster, Pneumococcus and Salmonella. When the CD4 count falls below 0.2 X 109 l, the patient becomes susceptible to a wide spectrum of opportunistic infections (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Pneumocystis carinii, toxoplasmosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, atypical mycobacteria, histoplasmosis, Cryptococcus, cryptosporidiosis, fungal infections, Jamestown Canyon (JC) virus infection and CMV infections), malignancies (Kaposi's sarcoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) and CNS disease such as dementia may develop. This stage of infection is classified by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) as fully developed acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Many staging systems for HIV have been proposed and exist. Mostly...

The Role of Tissue Culture in Vaccine Development

Within only 4 years of the initial publication from the Enders laboratory, both Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin were able to report success with two differing approached to immunization against poliomyelitis, a formalin-inactivated preparation of the three virus types (Salk's IPV) and three attenuated live variants of poliovirus (Sabin's OPV) 9, 10 . Drs Beale and Melnick will discuss these at greater length in their articles. Moreover, in the succeeding years a host of new virus vaccines were developed exploiting the cell culture techniques that stemmed from the work of the Enders group. These have included measles, mumps, rubella, adenoviruses, varicella-zoster, rabies, hepatitis A, rotavirus, cytomegalovirus and others still under research and development (Table 1). None of these was easy, but the barriers has been eliminated and the pathway illustrated by their work 11 . No longer was it necessary to prepare vaccines on calf skin, in the brain or spinal cord of various species, or in...

Electrical Stimulation Of The Spinal Cord And Peripheral Nerves

In additional studies involving neuropathic pain, Harke et al. found that SCS relieved pain in 23 of 28 patients with postherpetic neuralgia and 4 of 4 with acute herpes zoster (24). Katayama et al. found that deep brain stimulation led to pain control in 6 of 10 patients with phantom limb pain, whereas SCS was only efficacious in 6 of 19 patients (25).

HAART Influence on muco cutaneous diseases

Immunosuppressive therapies, such as ultraviolet light and cyclosporin, should be limited to a few conditions such as severe autoimmune diseases, and used only with careful clinical and laboratory monitoring. Photo(chemo)therapy is able to provoke viral infections such as herpes zoster and herpes simplex, epithelial tumors, and to increase the HIV viral load. Despite this, we have seen the benefit of narrowband UVB phototherapy in HIV-infected patients with extreme pruritus associated with papular dermatoses or eosinophilic folliculitis, resistant to all other therapies. As long as these patients were under the protection of HAART, UV therapy caused no observable worsening of the immune status.

Physical Characteristics

Nearly all lepidopterans (leh-pe-DOP-teh-runs) have four wings, but a few species, especially the females, are wingless. The wings are usually large when compared to the size of the body and are densely covered with tiny flat hair-like structures called scales. Thousands of scales are arranged on the wings like overlapping shingles on a roof and give lepidopterans their colors and patterns. The wings are similar in size and texture, but the forewing colors of many moths are usually bolder than the hind wings. The wing veins, which can only be seen when the scales are removed, vary in pattern. Smaller moths have only a few veins in each wing. The leading edge of the forewing is reinforced with several veins to give it strength.

Precautions Standard 100 Infection Control Policy

TB Same as Standard Varicella disseminated zoster gown and glove for contact with lesions 1 Chickenpox and disseminated zoster use Contact AND Airborne Precautions. 5 EXCEPTION Use chickenpox sign for varicella and disseminated herpes zoster. 7 EXCEPTION Respirator not needed for varicella or disseminated herpes zoster (ONLY IMMUNE EMPLOYEES TO ENTER).

Patterns Reflected by the Skin

The sensory innervation of the skin is structured segmentally, according to the dermatomes (Fig. 11.2a,b). Some skin disorders, such as herpes zoster, may reflect this dermatome distribution. It is extremely useful to know the sensory nerve distribution of specific nerves when trying to pinpoint a neurological disorder. The distribution of motor nerves is also segmented but follows a different distribution than the sensory distribution.

AIDSHuman Immunodeficiency Virus

Central nervous system disease is present in 69 of cases, with the peripheral nervous system affected in 8 of HIV cases. Of the peripheral nervous system dysfunctions, the facial nerve is most common, found in approximately 5 of patients (61). A similar study of 170 AIDS patients found a 4.1 incidence of facial paralysis (62). Facial paralysis is abrupt in onset and usually unilateral (63). The mechanism of facial nerve injury may be a direct effect of the neurotropic virus, secondary involvement due to parotid or other neoplastic processes, or immunosuppression leading to reactivation of herpes zoster or other viruses. Multidrug therapy is the current standard therapy for HIV infection. Reverse transcriptase and protease inhibitors are effective and block HIV replication fusion inhibitors are also used and block HIV entry into the cell. The prognosis for facial paralysis is good, with the majority of patients having complete or near-complete recovery of facial function (64).

Treatment aim Cure

One important question is whether complete eradication is necessary for a cure. Does the last virus actually have to be removed from the body Cure could also mean that the body is able to control the infection without the help of medication -analogous to other infections, such as herpes simplex or varicella zoster, in which only small amounts of the virus persist. A very few HIV patients, the so-called elite controllers have already succeeded in this. These patients, a few of which are found in every large centre, have normal CD4 cells for many years, and even more impressively, a viral load that remains below the level of detection of normal assays without antiretroviral therapy (Table 4.5). Only when the lymph nodes are examined with ultrasensitive methods, can the virus be detected in comparatively minute amounts. What makes the HIV-specific immune response of these patients so effective what makes the virus in these people so unfit which genetic changes are responsible These...

Symptomatic patients

However Herpes zoster (Stage B) may occur even with a slight immune defect and does not necessarily indicate immunological deterioration. Thrombocytopenia or constitutional symptoms may also have other causes. A further example tuberculosis (TB), which is an AIDS-defining illness and therefore an urgent indication for therapy, can occur as a facultative opportunistic infection, without or with only moderate immunodeficiency. Waiting with HAART can be justified in a TB patient with good CD4 cells (see example in Table 5.3).

Persistent Infection

Infections or viral latency in the nervous system. In the former category are measles virus (SSPE), HIV, HTLV-1, papovavirus, and rubella virus encephalopathies. Herpes simplex, herpes zoster, EBV, certain retroviruses, and human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) are examples of common viruses that persist in neural or other tissue, usually in a latent form. In these models, chronic low grade infection, periodic reactivation of latent virus, or seeding of the brain through a hematogenous route could cause direct injury to glial cells or neurons. Alternatively, the agent could initiate an autoimmune response secondary to release or alteration of previously sequestered self-antigens with epitope spread or through molecular mimicry (36,37). In addition, the infectious agent could prime macrophages and lymphocytes, so that subsequently non-encephalitogenic activated T- or B-cells could enter the CNS and release cytokines or antibodies causing demyelination by a bystander effect (37). Lastly, the...


About one in eight patients with herpes zoster infection has at least one complication of this condition. Major complications include postherpetic neuralgia, uveitis, motor deficits, skin infection, and systemic involvement (with manifestations such as meningoencephalitis, pneumonia, deafness, or dissemination). Postherpetic neuralgia occurs most frequently in patients older than 50 years of age and can be prolonged and intractable despite early antiviral therapy. The pain is often excruciating and does not respond well to conventional methods of pain control. Granulomatous vasculitis has recently been added to the list of complications (25).

Topical Reactions

Another adult suffered garlic burns after applying a compress of crushed garlic wrapped in cotton to her chest and abdomen for 18 hours (102). The erythematous, blistering rash was in a dermatomal distribution on the right side of the patient's chest and upper abdomen, approximating the dermatomal distribution of thoracic segments 8 and 9. She reported that the pain had been present for 1 week and had a stabbing quality. She was initially diagnosed with Herpes zoster and was prescribed acyclovir before admitting to use of topical garlic after further questioning. Biopsy revealed full thickness necrosis, many pyknotic nuclei, and focal separation of the necrotic epidermis from the dermis. The burns healed with scarring. The patient refused patch testing, and specific IgE RAST testing to garlic was negative. The nonspecific appearance of garlic burns has been exploited. Three soldiers applied fresh ground garlic to their lower legs and antecubital fossa to produce an erythematous,...

Viral Infections

Orofacial herpes zoster infection usually follows the distribution of one of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve on one side of the face. It may also be disseminated. HIV infection has been associated with a 17-fold relative risk increase for zoster, which occurs at any CD4 count but becomes more severe as immunosuppression worsens (18) Involvement of the ophthalmic branch and the eye should be ruled out, and the patient presenting with suspicious lesions on the forehead or pinna should be referred for evaluation to an ophthalmologist, to rule out zoster ophthalmicus from involvement of the nasociliary branch of cranial nerve V (Fig. 15). Facial nerve involvement with facial palsy may occur (Ramsay-Hunt syndrome). Chronic forms and up to 20 recurrence rate have been reported. Treatment is most efficacious when started early. Oral acyclovir at high doses of up to 4 g in daily divided doses can be used (or alternatively, valacyclovir 1 g three times...


Management of non-herpes viral encephalitis is supportive, though herpes simplex virus and varicella-zoster encephalitis are treated with acyclovir, 30-60 mg kg day divided q 8 h, in addition to supportive measures. Acyclovir should be administered until the virus is identified, especially if there is evidence of focality on physical or neurodiagnostic evaluation. Antibiotics should also be given until a bacterial etiology is excluded. Medical management of rabies is prevention of infection by the administration of rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin after an exposure to a potentially rabid animal. Once infection occurs, it is uniformly fatal. Arboviral infections can be prevented by using insect repellents and protective clothing to avoid mosquito bites. Treatment of infection is supportive.



Both primary herpes simplex and erythema multiforme (EM) exhibit a sudden onset of disease. The lip lesions of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis may bear a resemblance to the crusted lip lesions of EM (Fig. 4). Exfoliative cytology may be useful to differentiate the two by demonstrating the characteristic viral cytopathic effect produced as the epitheliotropic herpes virus replicates within the keratinocytes. Viral culture may also be useful. Lesions of herpangina, caused by the Coxsackie virus, may clinically resemble oral herpes virus infections but typically affect the more posterior areas of the oral cavity. Oral mucosal involvement in herpes zoster may be difficult to distinguish from a zosteriform presentation of recurrent intraoral herpes simplex. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis can be readily differentiated from herpetic infections since it is neither preceded by vesicles nor accompanied by fever or gingivitis. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis generally involves the VARICELLA...

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