Alpha Herpes Viruses The Herpes Virus is a fascinating group of DNA viruses that includes important human pathogens such as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), HSV-2, and varicella-zoster virus (VZV): the causative agents of cold sores, genital ulcerous disease, and chickenpox/shingles, respectively. A key attribute of these viruses is their ability to establish lifelong latent infection in the peripheral nervous system of the host. Such persistence requires subversion of the host's immune system and intrinsic antiviral defense mechanisms. Read more about the family of Alpha Herpes Virus Here: Cold Sores & Fever Blisters (HSV-1) Herpes (HSV-2) Shingles
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