What is the global incidence of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Internationally, the incidence of zoster has not been well studied, but it is probably in the same range as that reported in the United States. [48] A German study of data on patients in the country’s statutory health system (SHI) for the year 2010 estimated that the mean annual incidence was 5.79 cases per 1000 person-years, equivalent to 403,625 cases annually in the SHI population (which comprised about 85% of the total German population). [49]


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