Infectolab - Epstein-Barr virus

Is Epstein-Barr An Autoimmune Disorder?

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is part of the herpesvirus family of viruses, and is otherwise known as human herpesvirus 4. It is incredibly common, and many people will have been infected with the virus at some point in their lives without knowing it. The most notable condition that can be associated with an Epstein-Barr virus infection is mononucleosis, or mono, otherwise known as the “kissing disease”.

Epstein-Barr can be contracted in a variety of different ways, the most common being through bodily fluids such as saliva. However, it can also be transmitted sexually through semen and blood. Other less common ways to contract the virus include organ transplants and blood transfusions. It is categorized as a virus, but is Epstein-Barr an autoimmune disorder, too?

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