Epilepsy in children linked to human herpes viruses

US researchers assessed 199 children aged one month to five years presenting with febrile status epilepticus (febrile seizures that last longer than half an hour), including testing them for the presence of herpes virus infection within 72 hours of the episode.

They found the human herpes viruses HHV-6B and HHV-7 in a third of the children.

As prolonged seizures are associated with increased epilepsy risk, particularly temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), the researchers are continuing to follow the