London: Chicken pox virus can `hide` in our guts since childhood triggering stomach ulcers and also be a reason for unexplained stomach pain and bloating in adulthood, a new study has claimed. Researchers from the Columbia University in US suggested that the `intestinal` chicken pox virus known as varicella zoster can remain locked away in the nerve cells of the gut. When it breaks free, it triggers pain and tissue damage, and could be to blame for unexplained conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (which causes cramping, bloating and pain), the Daily Mail reported. The viral attack could lead to `pseudo-obstruction`, a serious digestive condition where the bowel stops pushing food through the gut. "The idea of intestinal chicken pox is a new one," Professor Michael Gershon, one of the lead researchers said.
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