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ABOUT THE SURVEY

To update existing data to correctly reflect the burden of shingles on the ageing population, the National Skin Centre (NSC) studied 347 shingles patients, aged 50 and above, from last August to January this year.

These patients had consulted general practitioners before being referred to NSC.

The last time a similar study was done was in 1997, said Dr Pan Jiun Yit, the study's lead investigator.