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Know more about Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Be careful who you kiss or share food with.

Be careful who you kiss or share food with.


If you have been having these recurring issues below, you might be interested to know more about Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).


• Fatigue

• Fever

• Inflamed throat

• Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

• Enlarged spleen

• Swollen liver

• Rash


Source: cdc.gov.


“90% of the world is infected with EBV. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is one of the most common human viruses found all over the world. EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, primarily saliva.


Those who have had EBV infection previously do carry a higher risk of developing certain autoimmune diseases, especially dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome and multiple sclerosis. About 200,000 cancer cases per year are thought to be attributable to EBV.


Infection with EBV occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and genital secretions.


Most people become infected with EBV and gain adaptive immunity. In the United States, about half of all five-year-old children and about 90% of adults have evidence of previous infection. Infants become susceptible to EBV as soon as maternal antibody protection disappears.


EBV infects B cells of the immune system and epithelial cells. Once EBV's initial lytic infection is brought under control, EBV latency persists in the individual's B cells for the rest of their life.”


For those who suffer from autoimmune diseases or disorders, it is advisable to avoid junk food as far as possible. Once in a fortnight or a month may be detrimental. However, daily consumption of processed foods may cause your immune system to weaken. Junk foods exacerbate EBV in the body.


Prevention is the “cure”. Don’t let this virus have chance to act up again.


Jacelyn Tay 07/02/2021


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