Latency strategies of equine herpesviruses

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Five equine herpesviruses are known to be widespread in horse populations of the world. Equine herpesviruses (EqHV)-1, 3, and 4 are members of the Alphaherpesvirinae subfamily (Patel and Heldens, 2005), whereas equine herpesviruses 2 and 5 are gammaherpesviruses. Equine betaherpesvirus is not known at present. Economically and epidemiologically the most important, EqHV-1 causes abortions, EqHV-3 causes coital exanthema, and EqHV-4 provokes mild respiratory disorders. The two gammaherpesviruses have not been associated with any certain disease (connection between EqHV-2 and Rhodococcus equi pneumonia is supposed). Most research on these viruses concentrate on clarifying their pathogenic role and on developing preventive vaccines against these agents. The molecular basis of latency/reactivation is poorly documented for equine herpesviruses. The sites of viral latency are mostly disputed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatency Strategies of Herpesviruses
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780387341279
ISBN (Print)038732464X, 9780387324647
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

Cite this

Egyed, L. (2007). Latency strategies of equine herpesviruses. In Latency Strategies of Herpesviruses (pp. 137-140). Springer US.