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A family of viruses responsible for cold sores, chicken pox, and genital herpes.
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Patient discussion about Herpesviruses

Q. Are cold sores contagious? My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?

A. Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.

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An increasing number of cases of meningoencephalitis related to herpesviruses has been reported in Latin America.
Both these herpesviruses belong to the family Herpesviridae, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, genus Varicellovirus (2,3).
Herpesviruses constitute a diverse family of widespread pathogens inducing severe diseases of veterinary importance in all animals including animals used for human consumption.
Herpesviruses are ubiquitous in nature and affect virtually every individual.
Monoclonal antibody characterization of bovine herpesviruses types 1 (BoHV-1) and 5 (BoHV-5).
As is the case with all herpesviruses, their life cycle includes both latent and lytic phases.
There are many herpesviruses of nonhuman primates and other animal species, but B virus stands alone as a documented zoonotic hazard.
Both herpesviruses were significantly inhibited by pretreatment with balm oil prior to infection of cells.
of California at Irvine) summarize and highlight recent advances in understanding the mechanisms of viral infection for alpha herpesviruses, which have the ability to establish lifelong infection in the peripheral nervous system of the natural host.