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GOODIN, Alma Dzib. HHV-6 virus and its relationship with neurodevelopmental disorders. Cuad. neuropsicol. [online]. 2012, vol.6, n.2, pp. 85-94. ISSN 0718-4123.

The virus HHV-6 is one of the herpesvirus family and is present in most of human beings, although it only attacks its host in cases where there is immunosuppression. It has two subtypes that are differentiated by the size and shapes of infection which are the HHV-6A and HHV-6B. It has been identified in newborns and it has been associated with pediatric disorders of neurodevelopment since more than 15 years, mainly associated with benign epilepsy, febrile seizures, meningoencephalitis, meningitis, encephalitis and multiple sclerosis. However, some research has recently begun to refer it in case studies related to disorders of autism spectrum. Since the virus can attack the Nervous Central System and the damage caused by the virus can be confused with symptoms of observable as part of disorders of neurodevelopment, a group of researchers started to analyze the presence of the virus and its relationship with delays or disorders of development in infants around the world.

Palabras clave : virus HHV-6; Herpesvirus; Benign seizures; neurocognitive development; febrile seizure; Autistic disorders; Neurodevelopment disorder; Multiple Sclerosis.

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