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  • Why is Herpes Simplex Virus Disease Risk So Much Greater for Newborns?
    Interferon is a crucial component of the human immune system's response to infection by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), but how important a role it plays in determining the severity of disease and explaining why newborns are so much more susceptible to HSV-1 infection ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Advance Understanding of Herpesvirus Infection
    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections last a lifetime. Once a person has been infected, the virus can remain dormant (latent) for years before periodically reactivating to cause recurrent disease. This poorly understood cycle has frustrated scientists for years. Now, ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Herpes Evolution Model
    It's an axiom of the infectious disease research community that wherever humans go, germs are likely to follow. Such is the case with the herpes virus family. There are two main strains, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV 1 and 2). HSV1 is mostly transmitted by mouth, and ...More
    March 28, 2017 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues First Global Estimates of Annual Number of Neonatal Herpes Cases
    Neonatal herpes is a rare but potentially devastating complication of genital herpes during pregnancy, which can cause brain damage, breathing problems, seizures and even death. Neonatal herpes infection can occur when an infant is exposed to herpes simplex virus types 1 or ...More
    February 1, 2017 Posted in News
  • New Genital Herpes Vaccine Candidate Provides Powerful Protection in Preclinical Tests
    Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). A vaccine that could bring an end to this global pandemic is needed desperately, yet no candidate vaccine has ever performed well in clinical ...More
    January 20, 2017 Posted in News
  • Investigators Examine the Cost of Shingles to the Healthcare System
    Around 30 percent of the population will experience herpes zoster (HZ), 10 percent of whom develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Together, these illnesses produce a significant economic burden to the healthcare system. Friesen, et al. (2017) analyzed administrative ...More
    January 18, 2017 Posted in News
  • Medication May Provide Greater Virus Suppression, Reduction in Herpes Lesions
    In a study appearing in the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of JAMA, Anna Wald, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and colleagues compared the medications pritelivir and valacyclovir for reducing genital herpes simplex ...More
    December 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Herpes Virus Linked to Most Common Type of Childhood Cancer
    Newborns with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) — a common virus in the herpes family — may have an increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), according to new research published online today in Blood, the journal of the American Society of ...More
    December 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Herpes Strain in the Nervous System
    There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90 percent of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms when people acquire them. But researchers know that under ...More
    August 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Preclinical Evaluation of a Vaccine Against Herpes Viruses
    Oral and genital herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which both cause lifelong infection. HSV-2 infection is associated with increased risk for HIV infection. HSV2-infected women pose a risk of ...More
    August 4, 2016 Posted in News
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