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Brief Report Susceptibility of Filipino Nurses to the Varicella-Zoster Virus

  • Nabil T. Nassar (a1) and Helen C. Tourna (a1)

Following an outbreak of varicella, 18% of a group of 174 young female Filipino nurses ranging in age from 20 to 25 years and working at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUMC) were found susceptible to the varicella-zoster virus; as compared to 3% of a matched group of 133 of their Lebanese colleagues. The level of antibody was determined by the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Those susceptible were assigned duties in low-risk areas to varicella-zoster in the hospital.

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American University of Beirut, PO Box 11-0236, Beirut, Lebanon
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