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Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk.

You can't catch shingles from someone who has it. However, if you have a shingles rash, you can pass the virus to someone who has never had chickenpox. This would usually be a child, who could get chickenpox instead of shingles. The virus spreads through direct contact with the rash, and cannot spread through the air.

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  1. Shingles (National Library of Medicine)  
    Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After ... you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over ...
  2. Shingles Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Shingles Introduction Shingles is a disease that causes severe pain and blisters in the face or the ... com id340105 Last reviewed: 05/12/2013 1 Shingles Only people who have had chicken pox can ...
  3. Herpes Zoster (Shingles) (New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center)  
    ... 7, 2013 Select a Language: Fact Sheet 509 Herpes Zoster (Shingles) WHAT IS SHINGLES? SHINGLES AND HIV HOW IS SHINGLES TRANSMITTED? HOW IS SHINGLES TREATED? CAN SHINGLES BE ...
  4. Herpes zoster ... becomes dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in ... is not clear. Often only one attack occurs. Shingles can develop in any age group. You are ...
  5. Shingles (and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus) (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Shingles Overview What is shingles? Shingles is another name for a condition called "herpes zoster." It is an infection that results from ...
  6. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... message, please visit this page: About CDC.gov . Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Share Compartir Overview Español: Información general Almost 1 ... 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, in ...
  7. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: Shingles Protecting Yourself From Shingles Past Issues / Winter 2010 Table of Contents "I wouldn't wish shingles on my worst enemy!" That's frequently the reaction ...
  8. Shingles: Hope through Research From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Shingles: Hope Through Research See a list of all NINDS Disorders Get Web page suited for printing ... Italics are defined in the Glossary. What is Shingles? Scientists call the virus that causes chickenpox/shingles ...
  9. Protect Yourself against Shingles: Get Vaccinated (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... this? Submit Button CDC Features Protect Yourself against Shingles: Get Vaccinated Language: English Español (Spanish) Share Compartir ... get vaccinated against this painful disease. Older Adults & Shingles Adults age 60 years or older are more ...
  10. Shingles NIHSeniorHealth (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)  
    ... version of this page please turn Javascript on. Shingles About Shingles Click for more information Shingles is very common. ... in 60- to 80-year-olds. What Causes Shingles? Shingles is a painful skin disease caused by ...
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