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herpesvirus, herpes virus (her'pez-vi?rus)
Any virus of the family Herpesviridae. See: Herpesviridae
cercopithecine herpesvirus 1
A virus commonly found in macaques but not in other primates. Humans who handle macaques may be infected by bites or exposure to animal blood or body fluids. Although in macaques the virus causes a herpetic rash, in humans it often produces deadly infections of the brain and meninges.Synonym: B virus; cercopithecine virus 1
herpesvirus hominisHerpes simplex virus.
human herpesvirus 1Abbreviation: HHV1
Herpes simplex virus 1. See: herpes simplex virus
human herpesvirus 2Abbreviation: HHV2
Herpes simplex virus 2.See: herpes simplex virus
human herpesvirus 3Abbreviation: HHV3
human herpesvirus 4Abbreviation: HHV4
human herpesvirus 5Abbreviation: HHV5
human herpesvirus 6
A herpesvirus that causes sixth disease and childhood febrile seizures. It causes infections in immunocompromised patients (e.g., patients who have received organ transplants and patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection). Among children, infants between 6 months and 2 years of age are at highest risk for this infection, and asymptomatic or unrecognized infection is probably common. The incubation period is about 5 to 15 days.
human herpesvirus 8
A herpesvirus thought to cause Kaposi's sarcoma. It has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of some lymphomas and lymphomatoid illnesses.Synonym: Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpesvirus; Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus
Patient discussion about herpesvirus hominis
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.More discussions about herpesvirus hominis