DAVID K. HENDERSON, M.D.; JOAN M. LANIAK, R.N.; RAMONA F. MYERS, R.N.; JOHN E. BENNETT, M.D.; STEPHEN STRAUS, M.D.
To the editor: We read with interest the article on varicella-zoster virus infection among cancer patients (1). Although Morens and associates presented convincing evidence that the increased incidence of varicella-zoster virus infections from July to October 1976 may have represented an outbreak of varicella-virus infection, the evidence presented to delineate the route of spread of infection is not as well established. Most of this investigation was necessarily retrospective and was based on chart review, the written descriptions of lesions, and the recollections of hospital staff. The distinction of cases into the probable zoster (reactivation infection) and doubtful zoster (apparent exogenous
HENDERSON DK, LANIAK JM, MYERS RF, BENNETT JE, STRAUS S. Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection Among Cancer Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;95:655–656. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-5-655_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(5):655-656.
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