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The Incidence of Herpes Zoster in Otherwise Healthy Young Soldiers of Korean Army
Cheol-In Kang, M.D.1,3, Chang-Min Choi, M.D.1, Seong-Sin Hong, M.D.2, Hong-Bin Kim, M.D.3Nam-Joong Kim, M.D.3, Myoung-don Oh, M.D.3, and Kang-Won Choe, M.D.3
1Department of Internal Medicine, Armed Forces Capital Hospital2Department of Dermatology, Armed Forces Yang-Ju Hospital3Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Vol.38 Num.1 (p45~46)
We described a population-based study of the epidemiology of herpes zoster in military personnel of Korea. A total of 132 cases of herpes zoster were ascertained from May 2004 to April 2005. The most common site of involvement was thoracic area (55%). The annual incidence, based on 132 cases in about 80,000 person-years, was 165 per 100,000 person (95% CI, 138-196). It is noted that herpes zoster occurred frequently in otherwise healthy military personnel.
Keywords : Herpes zoster, Military personnel, Incidence