Why should I be concerned about Epstein-Barr virus infection?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Among the many suspects of fatigue is the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV belongs to the family of herpes viruses including those that cause cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles. Infection with EBV is virtually inescapable; in the US, 95% of all adults will be infected by age 40, and 50% of all children by age 5. Many people don't realize they have been infected because they never feel sick. Once infected however, you harbor the virus for good. There is growing concern about the aftereffects of an EBV infection; a number of diseases, including some types of cancers, have been linked to this infection.

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