AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018


Research Finds Herpes Strain in the Nervous System

There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90 percent of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms when people acquire them. But researchers know that under certain circumstances, dormant herpes viruses in the body can unexpectedly come roaring back and cause complications not typically associated with herpes virus. Dr. Serge Barcy studies viruses at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. In a paper published in the journal Virology, he describes finding the herpes 7 virus hiding in a surprising place: the nervous system of an animal model. To read more, click here.

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