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November 1975

Acute Ocular Infection by Type 2 Herpes Simplex Virus in Adults: Report of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(11):1127-1129. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020845003

• Acute ocular infections in two adults were caused by type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV) ("genital herpesvirus"). One patient had an acute blepharoconjunctivitis, the other an acute keratoconjunctivitis. Genital infections had preceded the eye infections, and type 2 HSV was isolated from the eyes of both patients and from the genital lesions of one patient. This strongly suggests transmission of type 2 HSV from the genital site to the eye.

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