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Expert Rev Mol Med. 1997 Nov 5;1997:1-17.

Human herpesvirus 6.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, 575 Elmwood Avenue, Box 672, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.


Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is a T-lymphotropic herpesvirus, which infects almost all children by the age of two years and persists lifelong. Two distinct variants of HHV-6, HHV-6A and HHV-6B, have been described, and the latter has been shown to be a common cause of acute febrile illnesses in young children, including exanthem subitum (roseola). HHV-6 has also been associated with a number of neurological disorders, including encephalitis and seizures, and the virus has been postulated to play a role in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), multiple sclerosis (MS) and chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome (CFIDS). This review provides a critical summary of research conducted on HHV-6.

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