Epstein-Barr By matt barr and kevin charlton

Human Herpesvirus 4, AKA Epstein-Barr

Epstein-Barr Virus(EPV), also called human herpesvirus 4(HHV-4), is one of the eight known viruses in the herpes family, and is one of the most common viruses in humans.

Epstein-Barr was discovered in 1964 in Africa by Sir Michael Anthony Epstein and Mr. Yvonne Barr. They found it in a Burkitt Lymphoma Cell line. In 1968, the virus was linked to the disease infectious mononucleosis. Infection with Epstein-Barr virus(EBV) is common and usually occurs in childhood or early adulthood.

Epstein-Barr can cause several types of cancer. Even mild or non life threatening infections with EBV can, occasionally be associated with the development of serious complications from the infection. Although EBV usually targets the lymphocytes, a particular blood cell involved in the immune response, almost all organ systems can ultimately be affected by EBV. EBV is a type of the herpes Virus (Herpes Virus 4).

Epstein-Barr is transmitted by close person-to-person contact.

There is no vaccine that can protect you from the Epstein-Barr virus. The best way to avoid getting it is to stay away from people who have mono. Avoid sharing any items such as glasses, silverware, or toothbrushes with some one who is infected with EBV. Also avoid sexual interactions with anyone who is infected with the Virus.

The discovery of Epstein-Barr has helped with the discovery and understanding of certain types of cancer. The virus is implicated in Burkitt's Lymphoma, lymphoma's in AIDS patients, and one half of all Hodgkin's disease patients. They also learned that the EBV virus does in fact contribute directly to the survival of Burkitt lymphoma tumors.


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