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Herpes

Herpes is a medical term refers to a group of Infectious, contagious and recurrent diseases caused by viruses. There are many types of herpes viruses:   

HHV-1, Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) – Causes oral herpes 

HHV-2, Herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) – responsible for genital herpes 

HHV-3, Varicella zoster virus(VZV) – agent of chickenpox and shingles 

HHV-4, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) - Agent of Infectious mononucleosis and the cytomegalovirus, usually affects newborns and immunodepressive people  

HHV-5, Cytomegalovirus(CMV) – May cause Swollen lymph glands, Flu-like symptoms, Pneumonitis (inflammation of lung tissue), and more. 

HHV-6, 7, Roseolovirus Virus that causes roseola infantum, also known as sixth disease and exanthem subitum;  

HHV-8, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, also known as Herpes B virus – May cause Kaposi Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that can cause skin lesions.

Among these viruses, the most common are the Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV 1), also called blisters, cold sores or oral Herpes; and Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV 2), commonly known as genital Herpes (See types of herpes below).

  

                                                 Types of Herpes