Definition of HHV-2
This virus, like human herpesvirus 1, can cause infection of the brain (encephalitis) if the immune system is severely defective or compromised. The treatment of infection with human herpesvirus 2 is by topical or oral anti-viral medication.
Human herpesvirus 2 (HHV-2) is also known as herpes simplex type 2.
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