Epstein-Barr Virus

The Epstein-Barr virus is also known as Human gammaherpesvirus 4. It is one of the eight members of the herpes virus family as well as one of the most common human viruses. This is usually spread through saliva and other bodily fluids; hence, almost all people get infected with EBV at some point in their existence, especially during childhood. The symptoms of this infection include fever, throat inflammation, rash, swollen liver and lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. Since it is viral, there is no specific treatment for such infection and patients are advised to stay hydrated, have enough rest, and take medications for pain and fever. Most get better after 2 to 4 weeks.

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