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Lancet. 1997 Feb 22;349(9051):558-63.

Three new human herpesviruses (HHV6, 7, and 8).

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 94143-1270, USA.


Three new human herpesviruses have been recognised in the past decade, and add further to our knowledge of human diseases with potential viral aetiologies. These viruses can be included with the other known human herpesviruses found in normal body secretions, particularly saliva. HHV6 and HHV7 have been associated with febrile illnesses and the childhood disease, exanthem subitum. HHV8 seems to resemble Epstein-Barr virus in its possible transforming properties and poses challenging questions for researchers directed at determining its potential role in lymphomas and Kaposi's sarcoma. Research on these herpesviruses can provide valuable new insights into virus/host relationships and mechanisms involved in replicative and latent stages of virus infection.

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