One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herpesvirus causing glandular fever and associated with certain cancers, for example Burkitt's lymphoma.
- ‘Infectious mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that is particularly common in adolescents and children.’
- ‘Epstein-Barr virus, frequently referred to as EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family and one of the most common human viruses.’
1960s: named after Michael A. Epstein (born 1921), British virologist, and Y. M. Barr (born 1932), Irish-born virologist.
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