In both our local experience and in the literature, the herpes group of viruses (especially varicella zoster) are the main virus pathogens in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy and/or who have lymphoma or leukemia. Other viruses, which produce florid disease in this class of patients, include the pox group, i.e., vaccinia and molluscum contagiosum; the papovoviruses represented by warts, and the agent(s) associated with the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy; and measles virus in the paramyxo group. Rubella, arbovirus, rhino and enterovirus infections appear to be tolerated reasonably well.
KeywordsHerpes Simplex Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Cytosine Arabinoside Enterovirus Infection Pyrimidine Nucleoside
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