Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome. But it's more common in older adults, typically affecting people older than 60. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is rare in children.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome isn't contagious. However, reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus can cause chickenpox in people you come in contact with if they haven't previously had chickenpox or been vaccinated for chickenpox. The infection can be serious for people with immune system deficiencies.
Until the rash blisters scab over, avoid physical contact with:
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- Anyone who's never had chickenpox or vaccination for chickenpox
- Anyone who has a weak immune system
- Pregnant women
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