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Meaning of HERPESVIRIDAE

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Family of DNA-containing viruses that infect a wide range of vertebrates; in humans, members of this family are responsible for chickenpox, oral and genital herpes, and mononucleosis.

Different types of human herpesviruses:

  • Type 1 herpes simplex: causes cold sores of the mouth
  • Type 2 herpes simplex: causes genital herpes
  • Type 3: is the varicella-zoster virus -- causes chickenpox and herpes zoster
  • Type 4: is the Epstein-Barr (EB) virus -- causes infectious mononucleosis
  • Type 5: is the cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Type 6: causes exanthema subitum and hepatitis
  • Type 7: may cause Kaposi's sarcoma in AIDS patients.
 

 

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