Epidemiological characteristics and societal burden of varicella zoster virus in the Netherlands

  title={Epidemiological characteristics and societal burden of varicella zoster virus in the Netherlands},
  author={Jorien G J Pierik and Pearl D. Gumbs and Sander AC Fortanier and Pauline CE Van Steenwijk and Maarten J Postma},
  booktitle={BMC infectious diseases},
BACKGROUND Varicella and herpes zoster are both caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection or reactivation and may lead to complications associated with a (severe) societal burden. Because the epidemiology of VZV-related diseases in the Netherlands remains largely unknown or incomplete, the main objective of this study was to study the primary care incidence, associated complications and health care resource use. METHODS We investigated the incidence of VZV complications in the Dutch… CONTINUE READING
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