How is Epstein-Barr virus able to survive in the human body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Like other herpes viruses, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is quite clever and can evade an all out antibody strike. It can stay in suspended animation for the rest of a person's life, lying dormant for months or years. There are no good treatments, no cures and no vaccines to prevent the spectrum of diseases (testing of EBV vaccine is currently underway).

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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