Understanding Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is a member of the herpes virus family. It is one of the most common human viruses in the world. EBV is found all over the world. Most people get infected with EBV at some point in their lives. EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, primarily saliva. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses.

EBV Symptoms

  • =Fatigue
  • =Fever
  • =Inflamed throat
  • =Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • =Swollen liver
  • =Rash

What happens when you get EBV?

After you get an EBV infection, the virus becomes latent (inactive) in your body. In some cases, the virus may reactivate. This does not always cause symptoms, but people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop symptoms if EBV reactivates.

The first time you get infected with EBV (primary EBV infection) you can spread the virus for weeks and even before you have symptoms. Once the virus is in your body, it stays there in a latent (inactive) state. If the virus reactivates, you can potentially spread EBV to others no matter how much time has passed since the initial infection.

How is EVB transmitted?




Shairing drinks or utensiles


Sharing drinks and food


Contact with drool or saliva

EBV-Related Diseases

Infectious mononucleosis. IM usually occurs during adolescence or adulthood but can occasionally affect children and the elderly. Other infections that can cause infectious mononucleosis:

  • =Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • =Toxoplasmosis
  • =HIV
  • =Rubella
  • =Hepatitis A, B, or C
  • =Adenovirus
Hodgkin's lymphoma
Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer of a part of the immune system called the lymph system.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is cancer of the lymph tissue. Lymph tissue is found in the lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs of the immune system. White blood cells, called lymphocytes, are found in lymph tissue. They help prevent infections. Most lymphomas start in a type of white blood cell called the B lymphocyte, or B cell.
Burkitt's lymphoma
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a very fast growing form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Ascorbic Acid Kills Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Positive Burkitt Lymphoma Cells and EBV Transformed B-Cells in Vitro, but not in Vivo.
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Nasopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the nasopharynx.
We can support those with the Epstein Barr Virus with natural supplements, IV’s or with a therapy called SOT. More information on this therapy is here on our website.

Don’t know whether or not you have this virus? We can do a simple lab test to find out.