Most people become infected with EBV, which is often harmless. It is named after M. A. Epstein and Y. M. Barr, who, along with B. G. Achong, discovered the virus.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s EBV became the favoured explanation for chronic fatigue syndrome. It was noted that people complaining of characteristic exhaustion had EBV, although it was also noted EBV was present in almost everyone, even those not complaining of exhaustion. The debate lasted for several years. Recently the virus has been implicated in invasive breast cancer.
Diseases associated with EBV:
- Stevens Johnson syndrome
- Alice in Wonderland syndrome
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma