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Pediatric Epstein-Barr Virus (Herpesvirus 4)

Epstein-Barr virus is one of the most common viruses worldwide and can lead to various other illnesses.

What is Pediatric Epstein-Barr Virus (Herpesvirus 4)?

Epstein-Barr virus (also known as herpesvirus 4) is very common. Most people become infected with Epstein-Barr virus at some point in their lives – and many will never know they have it. This is because the virus can remain dormant in the body, but can reactivate at a later time. Epstein-Barr virus can lead to other illnesses, such as mononucleosis (“mono”), especially in children with a weakened immune system.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Epstein-Barr Virus (Herpesvirus 4)?

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Fever
  • Inflamed throat
  • Rash
  • Swollen liver
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

What are the causes of Pediatric Epstein-Barr Virus (Herpesvirus 4)?

The Epstein-Barr virus is usually spread through bodily fluids, such as saliva.