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Federal Bureau of Prisons Clinical Practice Guidelines: Management of Varicella Zoster Virus Infections
Recommended standards for the medical management of federal inmates with varicella (chicken pox) and zoster (shingles) virus infections are provided. Sections of this document include: purpose; varicella zoster virus (VZV) overview—epidemiology, varicella (chickenpox), and herpes zoster (shingles); screening and diagnosis; treatment—treatment of varicella and herpes zoster and patient education; control measures—housing inmates with varicella, contact investigations, post-exposure prophylaxis, and contact management; varicella virus and immunity testing; antiviral therapy for varicella zoster virus (VZV) infections; varicella contact investigation steps; varicella contact investigation checklist; varicella contact line list; and varicella post-exposure prophylaxis; and patient information.