Concurrent detection of herpes simplex and varicella-zoster viruses by polymerase chain reaction from the same anatomic location

Neelam Dhiman, Patricia A. Wright, Mark J. Espy, Susan K. Schneider, Thomas F. Smith, Bobbi S. Pritt

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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) may cause latent infection of the same peripheral nerve ganglia. However, there are no large studies addressing the frequency of concurrent HSV/VZV PCR positivity from the same anatomic location. In an eight-year retrospective study, we observed 1.3% dual positivity from dermal, genital, and oral mucosal sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-540
Number of pages3
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011



  • Concurrent
  • HSV
  • PCR
  • VZV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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