What are the symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus infection in children?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Children are susceptible to Epstein-Barr virus infection as soon as the mother's protective immunity wanes. When very young children are exposed they may experience mild symptoms or none at all. The symptoms of EBV infection are not unique and mimic many run-of-the-mill childhood infections that also cause sore throat, fever and swollen glands.

Infections that occur later can produce a wide range of symptoms if any at all. It may take between 30-50 days for symptoms to appear.

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