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Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) is a human gamma-herpesvirus and the etiological agent of Kaposi’s sarcoma and specific B cell lymphoproliferative disorders observed in people living with HIV. Due to the lack of a reliable animal model, the Wong lab studies rhesus macaque rhadinovirus (RRV), a highly related simian gamma-herpesvirus that is associated with similar disease manifestations in immunocompromised rhesus macaques. This animal model provides a suitable alternative to identify viral deterrminants responsible for disease, and provides the necessary animal model to test antiviral therapies and potential vaccines to prevent virus infection and disease.