Ophthalmologists advised to be aware of herpes zoster infection

NEW ORLEANS – Clinicians need to keep on the lookout for herpes zoster infections, especially in older patients, according to a speaker. “Older patients have a greater risk of herpes zoster,” Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, said during Cornea Subspecialty Day preceding the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. “The risk starts to go up significantly after age 40 and rises sharply after age 50.” Fifty percent of the population who live to age 85 years have herpes zoster. One million cases of herpes zoster are reported in the United States annually; (Read more...)

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