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

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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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