National Center for Infectious Diseases
Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases
Branches and Activities in DVRD
Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch
1) Conducts surveillance, and epidemiologic studies of chronic fatigue syndrome; (2) conducts epidemiologic studies of papillomavirus infection and diseases with emphasis on cervical cancer; (3) conducts epidemiologic studies of herpesviruses with emphasis on congenital and perinatal infections and infections in immunocompromised hosts; (4) conducts research concerning human immune responses to herpes, papilloma and other exanthem-associated viruses (measles rubella); (5) provides epidemiology, molecular biology, diagnostic serology/virology, and immunology consultation and collaboration to national and international organizations concerning prevention and control of chronic fatigue syndrome, human papilloma and herpesvirus disease, other viral exanthems, virus-associated cancers, and vaccine programs involving recombinant DNA technology; (6) develops, evaluates, and improves methods and reagents for rapid diagnosis of viral infections; (7) conducts studies of chronic diseases associated with human papillomavirus and herpesvirus infections; and (8) serves as the WHO Collaborating Center for Smallpox and Other Poxvirus Infections and provides reference/diagnostic services for suspected smallpox and other poxvirus infections, which may occur worldwide.
The Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch comprises five Sections: Human Papillomavirus, Herpesvirus, Viral Immunology, and Clinical Virology and Poxvirus. VEHB research activities are currently conducted in four major program areas: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Human Papillomavirus Infection and Disease, Herpesviruses, Poxviruses.
This page last reviewed December 12, 2003