Specific IgM Antibody in Serum of Patients with Herpes Zoster InfectionsBr Med J 1972; 4 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5839.522 (Published 02 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:522
- Constance A. C. Ross,
- Rosalinda McDaid
Specific IgM varicella-zoster antibody was detected in “convalescent” sera from 20 out of 40 patients (50%) with herpes zoster infections. Since these were not primary infections with varicella-zoster virus, it seems that detection of IgM antibody specific for a particular virus may not differentiate a primary infection from secondary infections with that virus.