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Jane's Blog Shingles Virus on the Rise

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Jane's Blog Shingles Virus on the Rise

The shingles virus Varicella-Zoster is the same virus responsible for chickenpox. If you had chickenpox as a child, after you recovered, the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells. It can reawaken as painful shingles rash when your immune system is compromised or weakens with age. A 2016 study found that rates of shingles have been climbing since the mid-1940s. Rates rose 39% from 1992 to 2010 in people over 65 and now are beginning to rise in all age groups. According to the CDC, “Almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their...

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