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Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Aug;10(8):1450-4.

Human herpesviruses 6 and 7 and central nervous system infection in children.

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University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado 90262, USA.

Abstract

The role and frequency of human herpesviruses (HHV)-6 and -7 in central nervous system (CNS) diseases of children are unclear. Cerebrospinal fluid samples from 245 pediatric patients (median age 43 days), submitted for evaluations of possible sepsis or of neurologic symptoms, were tested for HHV-6 and HHV-7 DNA by polymerase chain reaction. HHV-6 DNA was found in 3 of 245 samples, and HHV-7 was found in 0 of 245 samples. The three patients with HHV-6 DNA were <2 months of age. HHV-6 was likely pathogenic in two patients with meningitis who lacked evidence of another microbiologic cause. HHV-6 and HHV-7 are uncommon causes of CNS infection in children. HHV-6 may occasionally cause meningitis in young infants.

PMID:
15496247
PMCID:
PMC3320425
DOI:
10.3201/eid1008.030788
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