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Author(s): Wah Chiu, PhD, and Matthew Dougherty, MS. Slides: Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and Colleen Krockenberger, BS.

Herpes - Etymology and History

Transcript from "Viruses," National Center for Macromolecular Imaging
From the Greek, "herpes" means to creep, to crawl. Hippocrates, who founded modern medical practice, noted the creeping lesions in his records thousands of years ago. Most people have herpes virus and don't know it. Chicken pox, which is human herpes virus 3, infects 97 percent of Americans. It can recur later in life, and it's called shingles. Mononucleosis is caused by human herpes virus 4. Cold sores are caused by herpes viruses 1 and 2. More than 80 percent of Americans have herpes virus 1, and somewhere between 20 percent to 60 percent of Americans have herpes virus 2. The human herpes viruses are transmitted by touching, kissing, sex, and bodily fluids - none is airborne.

Additional Virus information:
Shown is a view of computationally isolated Viral Protein 5 of Herpes Simplex Type 1 Virion.

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Virus images courtesy of Wah Chiu, PhD, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine. Funding for the images provided by NCMI, NIH.