Antibody Levels to Viruses in Psychiatric Illness

  • Ranan Rimon
  • Pekka Halonen


It has long been known that certain viruses are neurotropic and that they can cause encephalitis and post-encephalitic syndromes which can be confused with psychotic disorders (1,2). It has, however, only recently been shown that viruses may have incubation periods of twenty years or more before signs of central nervous system (CNS) disease appear. Such viral infections are referred to as slow or latent to indicate the time lag between the introduction of the virus into the host and the production of the clinical symptoms.


Herpes Simplex Herpes Simplex Type Medical Personnel Haemagglutination Inhibition Serum Specimen 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranan Rimon
    • 1
  • Pekka Halonen
    • 2
  1. 1.Jerusalem Mental Health CenterJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of VirologyUniversity of TurkuFinland

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