Virology: How Does Herpes Simplex Virus Cause Inflammation Of The Brain?

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 21:28 in Health & Medicine

Worldwide, about 80% of young adults are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The most common symptom of infection is a cold sore, but in some individuals the virus can also cause life-threatening inflammation of the brain (encephalitis); 70% of individuals who do not get treatment for this condition die.

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