Experts: Epstein-Barr virus is transmitted through kissing

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a herpes virus and is transmitted, among other things, through kissing. Experts from Rospotrebnadzor spoke about this.

– Transmission of the pathogen occurs primarily by airborne droplets, most often with saliva (for example, during a kiss), says the report.< br>
The Epstein-Barr virus plays a leading role in oncological and immunological pathologies, not only in infectious ones. It can cause serious illnesses:

  • infectious mononucleosis (called the “kissing disease”);
  • Burkitt's lymphoma;
  • nasopharyngeal carcinoma;
  • lymphoproliferative syndrome

Main characteristics of the Epstein-Barr virus:

EBV is transmitted through saliva, so the most common method of transmission is through kissing or sharing dishes, towels, and other items that may be contaminated with saliva from an infected person.

EBV can occur without symptoms. If they are present, then these are: high temperature, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged spleen and liver. In some cases, a rash.

The diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis is usually made based on clinical symptoms as well as laboratory tests, such as a blood test for antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus.

There is no specific treatment for EBV. Rest, moistening the throat, and medications to relieve symptoms, such as fever reducers and pain relievers, are usually recommended.

In rare cases, EBV can cause serious complications such as inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the heart, or problems with liver function. Complications most often occur in people with weakened immune systems.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.