Viral Latency: Long-Term Effects of Common Viruses

Viral Latency: Long-Term Effects. Blog Header image reads "Common Viruses with Long-Term Consequences"

You may have seen the term “Long COVID” in headlines over the past year or two. While lingering or delayed effects from a viral infection may seem like a new discovery, evidence suggests that some viruses can lay dormant in a body for years before triggering other symptoms later. What is Viral Latency? When the full genome of a virus remains in the host cell, but is restricted and unable to produce infectious particles, the virus is considered dormant in the body. However, for the virus to be … Read more

Cytomegalovirus: An Overview and Recent CMV Vaccine Progress

Cytomegalovirus Vaccine Progress

About Cytomegalovirus (CMV) You might not have heard of cytomegalovirus (pronounced site-oh-mega-low-virus), or CMV, but you’ve probably been infected with it. Over half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40. While most CMV infections cause no symptoms, when a baby is born with a cytomegalovirus infection, known as congenital CMV, it can cause long-term health problems. About one out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV and almost one-fifth of all newborns with congenital CMV will face long-term health problems. Symptoms and Illnesses … Read more