Study links chicken pox virus to gastrointestinal problems

The varicella zoster virus that causes chicken pox may linger in the gut from childhood and trigger gastrointestinal problems in adulthood, Columbia University researchers say. Their study showed six patients with gastric ulcers had the virus in their guts. Researcher Michael Gershon said he suspects that gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome could be caused by the virus. The Daily Mail (London) (8/13)