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How common is keratitis?

Viral keratitis caused by the herpes simplex virus is relatively common in industrialized countries like the United States. Because viruses can come back again and again, this virus is the number one infectious cause of corneal blindness. Fungal, bacterial, amoebic, and photokeratitis are considerably less common.

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