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Can You Die from Shingles?


 

Important!

Answer:

Though rare, you CAN die from shingles.

 


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More Info: The Varicella-zoster virus is responsible for both chickenpox and shingles.  When first infected with the varicella-zoster virus the infected person will get the chicken pox.  The virus will then remain in the body in a dormant state.  Several factors can reawaken the virus such as a weakened immune system. When the virus reinfects a person for the second time, the infected person will come down with shingles.  In those with severely weakened immune systems, the virus can spread from a skin rash to the eyes and even the internal organs.  In rare cases, shingles complications can result in death.

Resources

 

“VZV Foundation – A Decade Of Leadership In The Fight Against VZV Infections.” VZV Foundation – A Decade Of Leadership In The Fight Against VZV Infections. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2011. <http://www.vzvfoundation.org/>.

 

“HSC NEWS – Stronger version of chickenpox vaccine cuts shingles incidence, studies show.” The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.uthscsa.edu/hscnews/singleformat.asp?newID=1528>.

 

“Viral encephalitis – Causes.” University of Maryland Medical Center | Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_causes_encephalitis_000096_2.htm>


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