Mercy's Dr. Susan Besser, Family Medicine, Discusses The Epstein-Barr Virus and Mononucleosis
When you're sick, you may rarely think about what kind of virus you have. They're not all alike, even though they may have similar symptoms.
But now, researchers are paying close attention to the Epstein-Barr virus, which is the cause of mononucleosis.
According to Dr. Susan Besser, a Primary Care Provider specializing in Family Medicine with Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea, the virus can last several weeks, and in some cases, even months.
One of the symptoms is overwhelming fatigue. Researchers are now studying whether the virus increases the risk for developing autoimmune diseases later on.
"This is very early research. We are nowhere near clinical stuff yet, but it's fascinating to see how a virus can cause changes in the body to cause immune issues down the road later," Dr. Besser said.
The Epstein-Barr virus is contracted through bodily fluids. It remains latent in the body for life.
View Dr. Susan Besser’s interview regarding the Epstein-Barr virus and mononucleosis.
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