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The herpes virus HSV-1 is the leading cause of virus-induced blindness in the developed world. About 500,000 people suffer from herpetic eye disease in the US. A study found that 98% of healthy, asymptomatic subjects produced HSV-1 DNA in their tears or saliva at least once during the course of the one month study. Risk factors for HSV infection include age, stress, socioeconomic status, education, age sexual activity began and number of years of sexual activity. Herpatic disease increases with age, probably due to repeated infection or reactivation but such things as stress and sunlight exposure. Thus, a vaccine may be a valuable resource in preventing transmission of the virus.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by AScribe
About: Herpes virus found in almost all healthy individuals
Date: 5 January 2005
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