Wednesday, May 16, 2007 The Good Thing About Herpes

Good to know that the cheating girlfriend who caught this might be able to survive the plague! I volunteer her for tests to see if this works for humans too. The CDC can contact me for her phone number if they want it.

HA! Just kidding. It is nice to know that some people might be immune to these bacteria. Of course, I am not sure the immunity is worth it! The Good Thing About Herpes: "The herpes family of viruses can have a surprising upside--it can protect against the bubonic plague and other bacterial contagions, at least in mice.

Research into whether a similar mechanism applies to humans and other mammalian hosts should be conducted, said viral immunologist Skip Virgin at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 'There may be symbiotic advantages to chronic infections with these viruses.'

These new results do not mean people should go out and get infected with herpes, Virgin stressed. They probably already are. Nearly all humans become infected with multiple herpes virus family members during childhood. These germs not only include the herpes simplex viruses, which lead to cold sores and possibly genital herpes, but also the diseases responsible for chickenpox and 'mono,' as well as several less well-known ailments. Herpes infections have bedeviled animals for more than 100 million years."

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