Prevalence of antibodies to varicella zoster virus in healthy adults.

  title={Prevalence of antibodies to varicella zoster virus in healthy adults.},
  author={BarryD. Schoub and Stuart Johnson and JoM. McAnerney},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={67 23},
A serological study of immunity to varicella zoster was carried out using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 244 healthy adult laboratory staff members. The overall immunity was 90%, with a progressive increase from 81% at 20-29 years to 100% at 60 years. Approximately one-third of serologically immune individuals had no certain history of varicella. As the serological test is simple, rapid and reliable, screening for immunity should be carried out in at-risk individuals such as… CONTINUE READING