A guinea pig herpes-like virus (GPHLV) has been isolated from randomly selected guinea pigs. This virus is serologically related, if not identical, to the guinea pig herpes-like virus isolated by Hsiung-Kaplow. The frequency of latent infection in guinea pigs was found to be highly variable among animals of the same commercial origin. Ultrastructural studies have shown that the morphological development of this virus was similar to that reported for other herpes viruses in the early stages, but frequently differed at the envelopment stage. In the cytoplasm, virus particles were associated with electron-dense zones from which they acquired a thick and rough envelope.


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