Infection of human fetal dorsal root neurons with wild type varicella virus and the Oka strain varicella vaccine.

The relative ability of a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) clinical isolate and a live attenuated VZV vaccine strain (Oka) to infect human neurons was determined in vitro. VZV infection of neurons prepared in culture from dorsal root ganglia of fetuses was assessed using an infectious center assay. Cultures were infected with 50-5,000 pfu of either VZV and… CONTINUE READING