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Severe Meningoencephalitis Caused by Human Herpesvirus 6 Type B in an Immunocompetent Woman Treated with Ganciclovir

Tobias Birnbaum, Claudio S. Padovan, Bernd Sporer, Tobias A. Rupprecht, Harald Ausserer, Gundula Jaeger and Hans W. Pfister

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue 6, pages 887-889
Published in print March 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/427943
Severe Meningoencephalitis Caused by Human Herpesvirus 6 Type B in an Immunocompetent Woman Treated with Ganciclovir

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Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), the causative agent of exanthema subitum in childhood, can also induce meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. In contrast, HHV-6 encephalitis in immunocompetent patients is rare, and the clinical syndrome not well defined. We report a case of meningoencephalitis caused by HHV-6 type B in an otherwise healthy woman.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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