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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aravind Reddy Kothagadi M.B.B.S[2]

Overview

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine screening among general population. Children are vaccinated against chickenpox and most adults generally may have been infected with VZV in their early years. Screening is recommended for specific populations which include, healthcare workers, pregnant women, newborns, HIV/AIDS patients and for people prior to organ transplantation.

Screening

Screening Varicella in specific populations

  • Screening tests are recommended for people without symptoms, who are at higher risk of acquiring chickenpox. The specific groups in which screening for chickenpox is recommended include:[1]
    • Healthcare workers
    • Pregnant women
    • Newborns
    • HIV/AIDS patients
    • Potential organ transplant recepients

Antenatal screening

Screening in Healthcare Workers

References

  1. "Chickenpox and Shingles Tests: The Test".
  2. "Prevention of Varicella: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)".
  3. Glantz JC, Mushlin AI (1998). "Cost-effectiveness of routine antenatal varicella screening". Obstet Gynecol. 91 (4): 519–28. PMID 9540934.
  4. Chong CY, Lim SH, Ng WY, Tee N, Lin RV (2004). "Varicella screening and vaccination for healthcare workers at KK Women's and Children's Hospital". Ann. Acad. Med. Singap. 33 (2): 243–7. PMID 15098642.

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