… but it can occur at any age

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1145a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1145
  1. Amanda J Barnes,
  2. Alison S Johnson,
  3. Maire P Shelly,
  4. Clive I Orton
  1. Registrar Senior registrar Microbiology Department, Manchester Public Health Laboratory, Withington Hospital, Manchester M20 2LR
  2. Consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care Consultant plastic surgeon South Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT

    EDITOR,—In their lesson of the week Andrew J Pollard and colleagues report 13 cases of severe bacterial infection associated with infection with varicella zoster virus.1 While such infection is the commonest cause of morbidity related to chickenpox in otherwise healthy children, it is uncommon in adults.2 3 We report our recent experience of chickenpox complicated by necrotising fasciitis and the toxic shock syndrome in a 32 year old …

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