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|+||Epstein-Barr virus: A [[virus]], abbreviated EBV, best known as the cause of [[infectious mononucleosis]] ("mono"). |
|+||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 system]]s, 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-). |