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Epstein–Barr virus 

Epstein–Barr virus
Epstein–Barr virus

M.A. Epstein

and A.B. Rickinson



Diagnosis—RT-PCR as an adjunct to serological tests.

Treatment—possible role of corticosteroids and antivirals in immunocompetent patients with unusually severe symptoms

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date: 24 September 2021

Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is a human herpesvirus with a linear double-stranded DNA genome that is carried asymptomatically by most people. Symptomless primary infection is usual in childhood, establishing a lifelong carrier state where the virus persists as a latent infection of circulating B cells. The virus replicates recurrently in oropharyngeal epithelial cells, with consequent shedding of virus in saliva transmitting infection....

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