Herpesviruses


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Herpesviruses

A family of viruses responsible for cold sores, chicken pox, and genital herpes.
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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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The members of this family are also known as herpesviruses. Herpesviruses possess a very complex structure integrated by a relatively large, double-stranded, linear DNA genome encoding 100-200 genes, enclosed within an icosahedral protein capsid and surrounded by a protein layer named the tegument that contains both viral proteins and viral messenger RNAs (mRNAs).
Anti-herpetic therapy is a common practice in human medicine, yet is rarely used against animal herpesviruses. In this sense, Acyclovir has been the main drug used to treat animal viral infections, as BoHV-1, FeHV-1 and EHV-1 and EHV-4.
This review intends to demystify diagnostic approaches for equine herpesviruses detection from an insight of conventional to recent approaches.
In addition, herpesviruses have been associated with periodontal disease, especially cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) [10, 11, 16].
Hilliard, "The simian herpesviruses," Infectious Agents and Disease, vol.
Herpesviruses constitute a diverse family of widespread pathogens inducing severe diseases of veterinary importance in all animals including animals used for human consumption.
Early studies have shown that gE-deleted herpesviruses generate similar or slightly lower serological responses when compared with wild-type viruses (13) or vaccines strains (7,12).
MaHVI is an [alpha]-herpesvirus related to human herpes simplex viruses (HSV) 1 and 2 (3,4) and to herpesviruses that infect other nonhuman primates such as baboons (5).
Bovine Herpesviruses Do Not Play a Major Role in the Differential Diagnosis of Rabies in Cattle in Southern Brazil.