Shedding and survival of herpes simplex virus from 'fever blisters'.

  title={Shedding and survival of herpes simplex virus from 'fever blisters'.},
  author={R Turner and Z Shehab and K Osborne and J. Owen Hendley},
  volume={70 4},
Shedding of herpesvirus by adults with herpes labialis and survival of the virus in the environment were examined. In nine adults with virus-positive herpes labialis, herpesvirus was detected in the anterior oral pool of seven (78%) and on the hands of six (67%). Herpesviruses isolated from patients with oral lesions were found to survive for as long as two hours on skin, three hours on cloth, and four hours on plastic. These findings support earlier recommendations for the protection of… CONTINUE READING