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...: Epstein-barr virus is one of the most common human viruses and is the cause of infectious mononucleosis (aka "mono"). Symptoms of mono include fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. The spleen can also become swollen because of the infection. There is no specific treatment other than supportive care for the symptoms. ...Read more
My roommate just informed me that she has chronic Epstein Barr...I cook for the household and at times she taste test the food. Am I at risk?
Not likely: Epstein Barr (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses in the world. It spreads primarily through saliva & most people are infected in infancy but will not have any symptoms. Some sources report that in the US, 95% of all adults will be infected by age 40. So in all likelihood you (and I) are already infected. For most people their healthy immune system will prevent any symptoms developing. ...Read more
If one has epstein bar for ten years, can it be passed to spouse? Can it be harmful, esp is spouse has ms? My understanding is that ep is incurable.
Yes, but...: It probably doesn't matter. If one is married and enjoying life, and has epstein barr virus (which many adults have inside their bodies), she can keep on enjoying life and not change anything. The spouse may already have ebv (blood test can show that), but if he doesn't, nobody knows if or when he'll catch it from his wife. If he catches it, then he's just like all the other people who've had ebv. ...Read more
Yes, it's "Mono": Epstein barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis and is transmitted via contact with saliva of an infected person. Mono symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. Some doctors treat mono symptoms with steroids. Complications include liver and spleen swelling. Epstein barr can also cause certain rare types of cancer. 95% of adults over 35 have epstein barr virus. ...Read more