What is the incidence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis in the US?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Jim C Wang (王崇安), MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Of adults in the United States, 50-90% have antibodies to HSV-1, indicating previous exposure to the virus. Incidence of ocular HSV infection is about 0.15%. [10]

Approximately 20,000 new cases (as well as more than 28,000 reactivations) of ocular HSV occur annually in the United States. Ocular HSV is one of the most frequent causes of blindness in the United States, with 500,000 people experiencing HSV-related ocular disease.


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