Varicella zoster infection (not elsewhere classified)

This document contains the case definitions for Varicella zoster infection (not elsewhere classified) which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.

Page last updated: 17 January 2017

Surveillance case definition

Version
Status
Last reviewed
Implementation date
1.2
  • Name change
  • Removal of wording ‘from a skin or lesion swab’ from relevant criteria to broaden the types of laboratory specimen that can be tested
2016 1 January 2017
1.1
  •  No change
14 August 2008 14 August 2008
1.0
  • Initial case definition
2006 2006

Reporting

Only confirmed cases should be notified.

Confirmed case

A confirmed case requires laboratory definitive evidence, either in the absence of clinical information or where clinical evidence does not meet criteria for varicella-zoster infection (chickenpox) or varicella-zoster infection (shingles).

Laboratory definitive evidence

  1. Isolation of varicella-zoster virus.

OR

  1. Detection of varicella-zoster virus by nucleic acid testing.

OR

  1. Detection of varicella-zoster virus antigen by direct fluorescent antibody testing.

OR

  1. Detection of varicella-zoster virus-specific IgM in an unvaccinated person.

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