- The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a member of the herpes virus family.
- In a UK study (Crawford et al, 2002), 79 per cent of women and 67 per cent of men tested seropositive for EBV, indicating that they had been infected at some time.
- Severe fatigue.
On rare occasions EBV can lead to serious complications:
Certain patient groups are at risk of serious illness if infected with EBV:
Diagnosis is usually made on the basis of symptoms and patient age.
There is no cure for EBV infection; treatment aims to relieve symptoms.