Mononucleosis syndrome and coincidental human herpesvirus-7 and Epstein-Barr virus infection
- Department of Pediatrics, National Taiwan University Hospital, No 7, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
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- Accepted 20 November 1997
Two girls (a 5 year old and a 21 month old) experiencing mononucleosis syndrome with coincidental human herpesvirus (HHV)-7 and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections are described. One patient had primary HHV-7 infection and reactivated EBV infection. The other had primary HHV-7 and EBV infections. These cases indicated that HHV-7 is capable of inducing infectious mononucleosis-like illness. Multiple herpesvirus infection in one of the patients also suggests that interaction among herpesviruses can occur in vivo. The consequence of this interaction may have clinical implications.