An outbreak of varicella with likely breakthrough disease in a population of pediatric cancer patients.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, Volume 29, Issue 9, p.866-70 (2008)

Keywords:

2008, Adult, Chickenpox, Chickenpox Vaccine, Child, Child, Preschool, Disease Outbreaks, FAMILY, Female, Herpesvirus 3, Human, Hospitals, Pediatric, Housing, Humans, Immunocompromised Host, Infection Control, Male, Neoplasms, Time Factors, Vaccination, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute

Abstract:

Varicella is highly contagious, and immunocompromised patients are at increased risk of severe illness, including disseminated disease, pneumonia, and encephalitis. We describe an outbreak of varicella with likely breakthrough disease in a population of pediatric cancer patients in October 2004.