How is Epstein-Barr virus infection transmitted between humans?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has a particular affinity for the cells that line the mouth and throat. Once the virus inserts itself into to a specialized immune lymphocyte (B cell), it hijacks the DNA to take control of the cell forever. When cells of the mouth and throat naturally slough off, EBV is shed into saliva. Anyone coming in contact with the virus-laden mucous becomes infected.
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