Monday, June 11, 2007

Varicella-Zoster Virus

Hi there, I'm VZV.
My family is the Herpesviridae family.
Most people get me as children.
I'm much more serious when I first infect you as an adult.

I pick one or two nerves and only live in those.

My primary infection is called chicken pox.
You get itchy spots all over.
I also cause fever and rash.

My recurring infections are called shingles.
I give you big, red, painful blisters, but only on the parts of skin that connect to my special nerve.

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Tom said...

Unfortunately, i'm afraid that I may end up with shingles!!!!

Jarrod said...

Hey I remember meeting you at some drunken medical school event. Anyways saw your work at Candy Cult Characters. Very cool... and very nerdy... but nerdy is cool! This varicella one is possibly my favorite. Keep up the good work!

Emma Lurie said...

Hey! how have you been??
I´m inLondon at the moment, and will be back in Perth in a month. Thats cool that you were at the exhibit, wish I could have been.

Emma