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Herpes Viruses
- related large enveloped DNA viruses

HSV1 - herpes Simplex Type 1 60-90% prevalence in young adults

HSV2 (15-30%)

VZV - Varicella Zoster Virus (shingles, chickenpox) (95%)

CMV - cytomegalovirus (birth defects) 30 - 80% - problem with immunocompromised and birth defects

EBV - Epstein Barr virus. (Mononucleosis) 90%

HH6 - human herpes virus 6 - roseola, cause xanthum, rash in children > 90%

HH7 not a real thing

HHV-8 - kaposi's sarcoma 5 - 10%


Common Feature of Herpes Virus






- morphologically similar, enveloped

- many spike glycoproteins
- make about 100 proteins
- ubiquitous (except HHV-8)
- infection is often asymptomatic
- linear DNA genome; replicate in nucleus
- HALLMARK: all establish latent infections
- life long persistence in cells, reactivation can produce disease, frequently reactivates in immunocompromised host


Common features of herpes viruses: Replication

Productive (lyric) infection
- host cell supports virus growth
- viral genome replicated and viral proteins made
- complete progeny visions produced and released

Latent infection
- virus is 'hidden' inside a cell
- expression of viral genes restricted
- no virus particles produced
- reservoir for re-activation and recurrent infection
- reactivation triggered by fever, stress, menses, UV light, trauma immune suppression


Common Features: Cell types

During lyric infection, herpes viruses can infect many different cell types, usually > 2

But herpes virus establishes latent infection in a specific cell type (eg neurons or specific immune cells)
- EBV in B cells, HSV1 in neurons


Common Features: Spread

Close person to person contact: mixing and matching of skin and mucous membranes
- mouth and respiratory tract
- genital tract
- across placenta; during birth
- blood cells (Eg transfusions)
- transplants (eg solid organ and stem cell)

No seasonality or epidemic patterns

No animal reservoir


General Concepts in Herpes virus pathogenesis and disease

Primary infections more severe than recurrent infections that may occur months to years later becuase you have antibodies and immune response against them

Populations with severe infections
- immunodeficiency eg HIV
- immunosuppressed eg transplant recipients, cancer patients
- fetus/newborns
- malnourished
- burn victims


Treatment of Herpes Virus Infections

Two classes of drugs to treat HSV1, 2, VZV, and CMV

Acyclovir (Aciclovir) and its derivatives:
- valacyclovir
- famciclovir
- ganciclovir
- all basically the same- they are prodrugs - must be phosphorylated byviral thymidine kinase, incorporated into growing viral DNA chain, act as chain terminators
- mutations in viral thymidine kinase confers resistance because the drug doesnt get phosphorylated: if it doesnt get phosphorylated it wont resemble nucleotide and get incorporated into the DNA

Foscarnet - inhibits viral DNA pol
- used for acyclovir-resistant HSV and CMV
- used for CMV retinitis

No specific drugs for EBV, HHV6, HHV7, HHV8


Herpes Simples Virus 1

HSV1: respiratory spread in childhood; infect mucosal epithlium; latent focus in trigeminal ganglia; recurrences < HSV2

Encephalitis, conjunctivitis, gingivostomatis, tonsillitis, labialis, pharyngitis, esophagitis, herpes gladiatorum, tracheobronchitis, genital herpes, herpes whitlow



Spread by intimate sexual contact

Infects genital mucosa

Latent in lumbosacral dorsal root ganglia

Recurrences > HSV-1

Meningitis, gingivostomatitis; tonsillitis; labialis; pharyngitis; perianal herpes; genital herpes, herpes whitlow


Common vs actual perception HSV1 vs HSV2

- HSV1 above waist, HSV2 below

- 20-50% of genital infections are HSV1
- 5 - 20% of oral herpes infections are HSV2



HSV-1 > HSV2

- most common primary symptomatic infection HSV1 infection

- generally seen in children and young adults; 13- 30% of affected children

Prodrome of fever, malaise irritability, headache, vomiting, lymphadenopathy 1 - 2 days. Prior to lesions

Small vesicles on the inside of cheeks, gums, tongue, and mucous membranes of mouth that rapidly ulcerate with time 'dewdrop on a rose petal'

Ulcers are PAINFUL

Perioral vesicular lesions also observed

Strikingly swollen and tender gums

Latency in trigeminal ganglia (bc HSV1)

Recurrence = cold sore (herpes labialis) - oral recurrences more common after HSV1 than HSV2, usually a single crop, shorter lived


Genital herpes; HSV2> HSV1

Pic on slide 16

Most common primary symptomatic HSV2

Incidence > 500,000 cases/yr

Acquisition correlates with number of sexual partners

Women are more susceptible than men: 8% vs 2% annual acquisition rate

70% of cases are acquired from asymptomatic partner
- during active stage, disease contagious by direct contact, excretion of virus can persist for 3 weeks and virus shedding is frequently present in absence of symptoms (can transmit infection to sexual partners)

Antivirals and condom use reduce risk

HSV2 genital ulcers increase risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV1

10 - 21 days of vesiculoulcerative lesions, intense pain and fever, may be associated with malaise, itching and burning dysuria, inguinal lymphadenopathy


HSV2 ulcer disease increases risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV, how? acquiring and Transmitting of genital

Acquiring: ulcer offers an entry site for HIV and attracts CD4= T cells which support HIV replication

Transmitting: higher levels of HIV shedding occur in subjects with genital ulcers


Genital Herpes Recurrences


Reactivation from latently infected sacral ganglia

More likely after HSV2 than HSV2; immunocompromised vs immunocompetent

Symptoms less severe than primary disease
- shorter shedding duration, lack constitutional symptoms
- fewer lesions, heal sooner

Frequency rates of recurrences
- 90% will have > 1 recurrence per year, 40% will have > 6, 20% will have > 10

Recurrence severity: HSV2> HSV1


Herpes Keratoconjunctivitis

Slide 18

HSV1 infection of eye

#1 cause of infectious blindness in developed world

Severe conjunctivitis and keratitis with damage to cornea

Corneal transplants done to replace damaged cornea

Can get dendritic ulcers


Herpes Encaphalitis- primarily HSV-1

Most common acute caus eof sporadic encephalitis

Result of primary or severe recurrent infection

Classic presentation
- fever
- headache
- focal neurological deficits
- temporal lobe involvement
- if you see these Sxs and a temporal lobe lesion, think HSV and treat immediately

FOCAL FINDINGS ARE HALLMARK becuase the virus remains localized to one or more temporal lobes

Other findings: RBCs in CSF, CSF. Pleocytosis, behavioral changes, decreased level of consciousness

High mortality/morbidity if not treated

Treat with acyclovir class of drugs!


HSV Meningitis- Priimarily HSV2

Recurrent episodes of HSV meningitis

Usually caused by HSV2 from genital infections

Present with fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, stiff nick - classic meningitis signs

Illness self limited and not life threatening unclear if acyclovir treatment is beneficial

Patients can be quite ill

In presence or absence of genital lesions

No permanent neurological sequelae

Recurrences can be separated by years


Other skin infections- mostly HSV1

Pics 21, 22

Traumatic herpes

Local lesions on fingers and hands (eg suck on thumb, Called hermetic whitlow - primary or recurrent infections in fingers and hands) and on bodies of wrestlers (mat herpes or herpes gladiatorum) and rugby players (scrum pox, or herpes rugbiaforum)

Virus enters through abrasions/openings in skin

HSV1 or HSV2

Seen in hospital personnel, dentists, dental hygienists
Young children form thumb sucking



Infections in immunocompromised host - slide 23

- localized invasive skin infx
- extensive at usual sites (oral and genital) or unusual sites (within mouth, esopahgus, or intestinal mucosa)
- lesions progress slowly--> necrosis
- healing slow or negligible
- sever infection can also occur in persons with underlying skin disorders (eczema) or burns



T = toxoplasmosis
O = other (syphilis, HIV, VZV,, Parvo B10)
R = rubella
C = cytomegalovirus
H = herpes simplex

Infx cause congenital abnormalities including rash and ocular findings, if fetus exposed to them in utero


Neonatal herpes


Transmitted through infected birth canal - most women asymptomatic

Occurs 1 - 2 weeks after delivery

Almost always symptomatic

Primarily (~75%) caused by HSV2

Three syndromes
- 45% skin eye mouth (SEM)
- 33% encephalitis (CNS)
-- 25% disseminated disease DIS

Occurrence of lesions: SEM (90%) > CNS (60%) > DIS (20%)

Babies may have disseminated disease without skin lesions, making diagnosis difficult


Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)

Two distinct diseases

Primary varicella (chickenpox)

Recurrence: herpes zoster (shingles)


VZV pathogenesis

During primary infx, virus infects respiratory mucosa through oral cavity

Replicates in oral cavity and regional nodes

Primary viremia leads to replication in liver and spleen

Secondary viremia results in infection of lymphocytes that carry virus to skin and other areas

Latency established within sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia


Varicella Epidemiology in US

Prior to vaccine in 1995
- all children infected by 10, highly contagious, complicated in infants < 1

After live attenuated vaccine 90% reduction in chickenpox cases
- two doses given to children at ages of 2 and between 4 and 6


VZV clinical symptoms

Incubation period 10-21 d

Prodrome: fever (100-103 F), malate, pharyngitis

Followed by generalized rash in 24 hours

Rash begins on chest back and face, spreads rapidly and lasts 3 - 5 days

Rash starts out maculopapular and then small fluid filled vesicles with central dimple (umbilication) on a red base; rash is itchy

All stages of rash present at any given moment- avg 300 lesions

Highly contagious at 1-2 days befor rash onset to 4 - 5 d after rash onset


VZV complications

Slide 30

Chickenpox generally self-limited

Bacterial superinfection of skin (Cellulitis) - renders of skin beginning near a lesion and spreading (staph or strep caused)

Encephalitis: VZV spread to cerebellum and cause unsteady gait (ataxia)

PNEUMONIA: majority of morbidity and mortality in teens and adults


Congenital and perinatal infections (if fetus infected when mother develops chickenpox--> damage to infants Brian or infants born to mother with active chickenpox and can be life threatening)

Immunocompromised: everything more severe, life threatening pneumonia, encephalitis, progressive-disseminated varicella


When VZV reactivates--> Zoster(shingles)

Slide 31

Unilateral vesicular rash that follows a dermatome distribution following reaction of VZV in a single dorsal root ganglion

Rarely crosses midline

Rash involves thoracic and lumbar distribution; ophthalmic distribution can lead to serious eye infection

Post herpetic neuralgia: persistence of pain > 90 days after healing of rash in 20% of patients


Zoster epidemiology - VZV recurrence

Age is most important risk factor although anyone with prior primary VZV can get shingles

Incidence increases with age, dramatic increase after 50

Immunocompromised and underlying disorders are other risk factors

Zoster vaccine recommended in adults > 60 yo; reduces zoster by 50% and post herpetic neuralgia by 67%



Pic 34 l

Infx common and usually asymptomatic in healthy children and adults

Most adults infected

Large owls eye inclusions, giant cells with intranuclear owls eye inclusion

Clinical link CMV to congenital infections and immunocompromised individuals


What is the #1 congenitally acquired viral infection