The new study has found that, among some patients, the virus uses the brain as a fertile breeding ground in which to replicate itself.
The research also sheds light on traumatic brain injuries.
Do seniors feel fine? A major issue is how well our brains function.
The neurological symptoms reported in the 43 patients included confusion, psychosis, seizures, hallucinations, delusions, necrosis, deteriorating vision and strokes, among other symptoms.
Evidence of newborn herpes infections accompanied by brain infections and their connection to the 'oral suction' in circumcisions have been widely described in medical history for the past 200 years.
The most common brain complication seen was stroke, which was reported in 77 of 125 patients. Of these, most were in patients over 60, and most were caused by a blood clot in the brain.
The study found that 100% of unconscious brain-injured patients who responded to the smells regained consciousness, even those that were classified as being in a vegetative state.
Discovery of method reveals process which utilizes smell can strengthen memories stored in one side of the brain.
The research underscores the need for brain-imaging techniques that could help predict damage to the blood-brain barrier regardless of symptoms.