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The Herpesviridae are a family of DNA viruses that cause diseases in humans and animals.

There are eight types of viruses in this family known to cause disease in humans. These viruses are (HHV stands for human herpesviruses):

HHV-1 = HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus 1): causes oral and/or genital herpes
HHV-2 = HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus 2): causes oral and/or genital herpes
HHV-3 = VZV (varicella-zoster virus): causes chickenpox and shingles
HHV-4 = EBV (Epstein-Barr virus), lymphocryptovirus: causes infectious mononucleosis, Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma
HHV-5 = CMV (cytomegalovirus): causes mononucleosis, retinitis, etc.
HHV-6 = roseolovirus: causes "sixth disease" (roseola infantum, exanthem subitum)
HHV-7 = closely related to HHV-6; causes roughly the same symptoms
HHV-8 = rhadinovirus = KSHV = Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus


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