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By The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Like many Canadians, Anne Van Burek had chickenpox as a child. But she never expected the virus that causes the itchy rash to come back to haunt her decades later.
In February, Van Burek developed shingles, a highly painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus that can become reactivated as people age and the strength of their immune systems begin to wane.
The rash started with a couple of blisters on her right hand, then spread up her arm to her shoulder.