An estimate of 90% of adults have been infected with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) at least once in their lifetime. In general, EBV causes mild symptoms and come and go. It is possible that some people may not even be aware that they had the infection. However, for certain people, the virus can produce more severe and recurring symptoms which can last years.
Fibromyalgia patients falls in this group of people who are more vulnerable to EBV. The virus could be the root of some of the unexplained fibromyalgia symptoms.
What is Epstein-Barr Virus
Epstein-Barr virus belongs to the herpes family, known to cause chickenpox and cold sores. Similar to other viruses, EBV is contagious and spread through saliva and body fluids. EBV infection displays symptoms like: