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Erythema multiforme in a young adult following COVID-19 infection and vaccination in Tanzania
  1. Karim Premji Manji1,
  2. George Mwaniki2,
  3. Alma Abu Simba3 and
  4. Julie Makani4
  1. 1Pediatrics and Child Health, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  2. 2Family Medicine, Premier Care Clinic and Pharmacy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  3. 3History, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  4. 4Haematology, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  1. Correspondence to Professor Karim Premji Manji; kpmanji{at}


We report the case of a young female adult in her early 20s, who had COVID-19 infection for 8 weeks and COVID-19 vaccination 4 weeks prior to presentation with an extensive rash associated with erythema multiforme, resembling varicella zoster on initial presentation. After initial acyclovir therapy with no improvement, systemic corticosteroid treatment dramatically resolved the patient’s skin rash.

  • Dermatology
  • COVID-19
  • Vaccination/immunisation

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  • Contributors KPM diagnosed the patient, researched literature, prepared the initial manuscript, revised and incorporated all suggestions by coauthors. He submitted the final manuscript. GM provided relevant information on progress, reviewed the initial and final manuscript and made edits as appropriate. AAS is the patient advocate who provided inputs on progress, reviewed and accepted the final manuscript. JM provided support in revising the manuscript and its scientific content, and revised the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.