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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 838241, 3 pages
Case Report

Varicella Outbreak in an Indian Couple Living in Germany Caused by VZV Clade VI Acquired during a Trip to The Netherlands

1Clinic and Policlinic for Dermatology und Venereology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
2Institute of Medical Microbiology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
3Institute of Virology and Antiviral Therapy, German Reference Laboratory for HSV and VZV, Jena University Hospital, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 07745 Jena, Germany

Received 1 December 2011; Revised 20 December 2011; Accepted 7 January 2012

Academic Editor: Nima Rezaei

Copyright © 2012 Malgorzata Kolesnik et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the cause of varicella and zoster, is divided into five major clades and four provisional clades, the latter of which have been rarely reported worldwide to date. We present a varicella outbreak by the provisional clade VI within an Indian couple in Germany returning from a trip to Amsterdam. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of varicella by the VZV clade VI described in Germany, but the disease was acquired in The Netherlands.