Viral Infections

Jane C. Sterling


Skin disease due to viruses may be a primary infection of the epidermis or may arise secondary to systemic infection. Depending on the virus, the effects may be necrotic damage of the infected cells, proliferation and tumour formation or inflammation without major skin cell damage. The features of DNA and RNA virus infections and their skin manifestations are covered in this chapter.
Keywords virus, viral exanthem, viral haemorrhagic fever, poxvirus, molluscum, papillomavirus, wart, herpes, zoster, parvovirus, hepatitis, Merkel cell, rubella, measles, pityriasis rosea


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