The Broad Spectrum of Epstein-Barr Virus Disease (cont.)
Despite the diverse and potentially grave conditions that have been linked to EBV, the vast majority of people will experience no symptoms or have a self-limited illness such as IM when they contract the virus. It is likely that additional factors are necessary to predispose individuals to the development of cancers and other serious conditions as a result of EBV infection, and the reasons why EBV causes cancers in certain individuals and not in the majority of infected people are not fully understood. Research is underway to further characterize the broad spectrum of EBV-associated medical conditions.
Last Editorial Review: 4/29/2008