Viral Herpes Causing Back Pain

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Herpes Viruses

The herpes virus group includes a number of common infections, including herpes simplex, varicella-zoster (the cause of chickenpox and shingles), cytomegalovirus, herpes virus 6, and Epstein-Barr (EB) virus (the cause of mononucleosis). About 2,100 people are hospitalized each year from herpes-associated encephalitis. These viruses share certain features, including the capacity to cause an infection and then to go into hiding. They can lie dormant for periods of time as...

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