Viral Infections

  • Author: Jin S. Suh, MD, FACP (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 7/26/16 (What's New)


  • Primary VZV (chickenpox) appears 10-21 days after exposure/infection; lesions evolve over 1-3 days to form vesicles, pustules, and various stages of crusting
  • Complications of VZV infection include necrotizing retinopathy associated with high rates of vision loss, visceral dissemination to the lungs, liver, and CNS, and varicella encephalitis

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