A 45-year-old female asked:
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in the past i've had chicken pox & mono which both have the epstein barr virus what are the chances of having chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Same as anyone: Almost everyone has ebv infection at some point in their lives. And chicken pox is caused by varicella virus, not ebv. So just because you have had both of these infections does not make you any more likely than anyone else in the general population to develop cfs. More likely you would have other predispositions to the illness. But the answer to your question is your risk is same as all people.
Answered on Sep 28, 2013
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Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Chicken Pox is a Varicella Zoster virus and not an Epstein Barr virus.
Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Chicken pox is a Herpes Varicella- Zoster virus and not Epstein Barr virus.
Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Wallace Taylor
42 years experience Environmental Health
Possible: Chronic fatigue syndrome is strictly defined by specific symptom criteria. Many disorders with chronic fatigue as a primary symptom of illness are seen associated with a number of viral infections including Epstein Barr virus (the cause of mononucleosis). Many other environmental toxins including mold toxins and chemical toxins can cause chronic fatigue. A very stressful life event may cause it.
Answered on Jan 7, 2019

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