herpes virus


A group of viruses that cause a variety of diseases and conditions.

There are 8 different types of herpes viruses, including herpes simplex virus (which causes cold sores and genital herpes), varicella zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles), Epstein-Barr virus (which causes mononucleosis), cytomegalovirus and Kaposi sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV).

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