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herpesvirus,

any of the family (Herpesviridae) of common DNA-containing viruses, many of which are associated with human disease. See cytomegaloviruscytomegalovirus
, member of the herpesvirus family that can cause serious complications in persons with weakened immune systems and infants. A common virus, it is estimated that up to 80% of Americans carry cytomegalovirus by the time they reach adulthood.
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; Epstein-Barr virusEpstein-Barr virus
(EBV), herpesvirus that is the major cause of infectious mononucleosis and is associated with a number of cancers, particularly lymphomas in immunosuppressed persons, including persons with AIDS.
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; herpes simplexherpes simplex
, an acute viral infection of the skin characterized by one or more painful, itching blisters filled with clear fluid. It is caused by either of two herpes simplex viruses: Type 1, herpes labialis,
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; herpes zosterherpes zoster,
infection of a ganglion (nerve center) with severe pain and a blisterlike eruption in the area of the nerve distribution, a condition called shingles. The causative organism is varicella zoster, a common, filtrable virus that is also known to cause chicken pox.
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herpesvirus

[′hər‚pēz‚vī·rəs]
(virology)
A major group of deoxyribonucleic acid-containing animal viruses, distinguished by a cubic capsid, enveloped virion, and affinity for the host nucleus as a site of maturation.
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The prevalence of chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 genomes in the blood of UK blood donors.
Human herpesvirus 6 and multiple sclerosis: potential mechanisms for virus-induced disease.
Human herpesvirus 7 is a T-lymphotropic virus and is related to, but significantly different from, human herpesvirus 6 and human cytomegalovirus.
Use of immunogtobulin G antibody avidity for differentiation of primary human herpesvirus 6 and 7 infections.
Several groups among human herpesvirus 6 strains can be distinguished by Southern blotting and polymerase chain reaction.
Human herpesvirus 6 is a lymphotropic virus that infects primarily CD[4.
Selective reactivation of human herpesvirus 6 variant a occurs in critically ill immunocompetent hosts.
Tests of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus, and human herpesvirus 6 were negative.
The presence of the human herpesvirus 6 and to a lesser extent the Epstein-Barr virus genome was demonstrated by the in situ hybridization technique in the abnormal tissue histiocytes from the patients with Rosai-Dorfman disease.
ADVANCE/ SEATTLE, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- A possible association between human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and multiple sclerosis (MS) was reported today by scientists at PathoGenesis Corporation.
VAHS has been reported in connection with a variety of viruses: adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, dengue, Epstein-Barr, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes simplex, HIV, human herpesvirus 6, human herpesvirus 8, influenza A (antigenic type H1N1), measles, parainfluenza type III, parvovirus B 19, rubella, and varicella-zoster (2).
1,2] For example, several viruses, including cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), have been shown to transactivate the long terminal repeat sequences of HIV-1, resulting in enhanced HIV-1 replication.