Herpesvirus infections of the nervous system

  title={Herpesvirus infections of the nervous system},
  author={Donald H. Gilden and Ravi Mahalingam and Randall J. Cohrs and Kenneth L. Tyler},
  journal={Nature Clinical Practice Neurology},
There are eight human herpesviruses (HHVs). Primary infection by any of the eight viruses, usually occurring in childhood, is either asymptomatic or produces fever and rash of skin or mucous membranes; other organs might be involved on rare occasions. After primary infection, the virus becomes latent in ganglia or lymphoid tissue. With the exception of HHV-8, which causes Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with AIDS, reactivation of HHVs can produce one or more of the following complications… CONTINUE READING