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Researchers find Herpes strain in the nervous system

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http://jvi.asm.org/content/90/15/6657.full?sid=f43746f8-cd02-43e0-8a7c-1915e5daedf0
Complete Unique Genome Sequence, Expression Profile, and Salivary Gland Tissue Tropism of the Herpesvirus 7 Homolog in Pigtailed Macaques
Jeannette P. Staheli, Michael R. Dyen, Gail H. Deutsch, Ryan S. Basom, Matthew P. Fitzgibbon, Patrick Lewis and Serge Barcy

HHS | NIH | National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000097RR023343
Michael R. Dyen
Patrick Lewis
Timothy Rose is the recipient of NIH grant RR023343.

Only seen in animals so far, but researchers wonder if the same thing happens in humans: reactivation of herpesvirus getting into the nervous system and causing a wide range of very serious problems/illnesses.
http://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/researchers-find-herpes-strain-in-the-nervous-system/
article said:
There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90% of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms when people acquire them. But researchers know that under certain circumstances, dormant herpes viruses in the body can unexpectedly come roaring back and cause complications not typically associated with herpes virus.
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“It’s common to find herpes virus in salivary glands of humans and animals,” Barcy said. “But we found herpes 7 in the nervous system of animal models, which was a surprise because that strain of herpes has not been detected in the nervous system before. We want to understand what it does in the nervous system, if the virus is also in the human nervous system and if it could be associated with nerve diseases.”