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Epstein-Barr Virus (Mononucleosis) (Mono) (Kissing Disease) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis ("mono"), colloquially known as Kissing Disease, for obvious reasons. Infection with EBV is characterized by fatigue and general malaise. Infection with EBV is fairly common and is usually a transient and minor thing. However, in some individuals EBV can trigger chronic illness, including immune and lymphoproliferative syndromes. It is a particular danger to people with compromised immune systems, such as from AIDS. EBV was at one time believed to be the cause of the chronic fatigue syndrome, but chronic infection with this virus actually produces a separate (if similar) disorder. EBV is a double-stranded DNA virus in the herpes family of viruses. The virus is named for the English virologists Michael Anthony Epstein (1921-) and Yvonne M. Barr (1932-). The treatment for Kissing Disease is intravenous vitamin C given as 50 grams in 1/2 liter sterile water over 45 minutes and repeated if necessary. The effect is immediate.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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