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Can EBV return?

Can EBV return?

Presumptively: There are individuals both with chronic active infection with ebv and some evidence of recurrent disease in some people. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Epstein Barr Virus (Definition)

The epstein–barr virus (ebv) is a virus in the herpesvirus family and is one of the most common viruses in humans. Ebv is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis, and infection with ebv occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and/or genital secretions, hence the moniker "the kissing disease". In the us, about 90 to 95 percent of all adults have ...Read more


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Can you tell me what can EBV (+ve) mean?

Epstein Barr virus +: A person has been exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This is the cause of infectious mononucleosis (Mono) and is associated with certain cancers. A POSITIVE blood test (antibody test) only means exposure to the virus but not necessarily active disease. Seroepidemiologic survey indicates that over 95% of adults worldwide are infected with EBV. Transplant registry for instance will prove this ...Read more

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Can EBV be transmitted through food sources?

No: Ebv, epstein barr virus, is transmitted by coming into contact with the secretions, usually saliva, of another individual who is shedding the virus. ...Read more

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Can anyone help with what my EBV results mean? What are all these numbers?

EBV: In short, IgM anti-vca is positive early so it is useful to diagnose acute ebv infection. Anti-ebna is only positive in convalescence so it signifies past infection. ...Read more

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If EBV caused a massive reaction for the body to attack its own nerve cells, what diseases are we looking at?

NOT USUALLY MASSIVE: Not sure what you are looking for, but here's my take on ebv. There is a strong relationship to adult ms (99% have had some infection in past, but 95% of normals also). Of course, it can cause infectious mono, and maybe chronic fatigue. Not clear whether in some cases related to cancers, lymphomas (burkitt's), hematological disorders, and rarely acute neurological events (gbs?)-not proven. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with chronic active ebv. I've had severe symptoms for over 2years. Should I be concerned?

Yes/NIH study: Chronic active EBV infection is a rare and serious condition. Recent treatments include immunomodulators such as interferon gamma, and pre-clinical studies of bortezomib, and valproic acid are promising. Reduced intensity hematopoetic stem cell transplantation with nondestructive pretreatment is curative. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00032513 Please consider signing up for this study. ...Read more

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Can I be causing EBV flare up around the same time each year when i increase my daily workout as summer approaches?

Simple blood test: Get an EBV viral tier ( blood test) to confirm a viral flare. Not related to your own activity. ...Read more

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I HAVE EBV IgG +ve .. what to do ?

Nothing: Unless you are sick, see your doctor. Most people have EBV IgG +ve ! Why was the test done, how was your clinical picture, is what matters more, self treatment/medicating isn't good, only will lead to more confusion together with the use of Dr Google. See your doctor or a doctor you trust if you really suffer, good luck ...Read more

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Is there a antiviral available for ebv?

Is there a antiviral available for ebv?

None known: Some doctors are treating ebv with valcyclocir, but there is no evidence that it is effective. A healthy body will almost certainly clear the virus by itself. The problem is that you'll feel bad for a long time if you don't let your body recover. Sleep, nutrition, and not over exercising are the things that need to be focused on until you feel healthy again. ...Read more