Examination of sera from blood donors, from patients attending a special treatment clinic, a family planning clinic, and an antenatal clinic showed that the prevalence of herpes virus hominis type 2 antibodies among the adult population in Ibadan is similar to that in other parts of the world. The possibility of non-venereal transmission of herpes virus infection was confirmed by the finding that herpesvirus hominis type 2 could survive on cloth samples under humid tropical conditions for long enough to allow transmission of infection via fomites.
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