Intrafamilial transmission of symptomatic Epstein-Barr virus infection among six adult members of one family.

Abstract

The contagiousness of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is low, and transmission of the disease from infected persons within a family or to other contacts is rare. We report of 6 adult members of 1 family who over a period of 6 months showed symptoms and laboratory findings compatible with acute EBV infection. Four patients examined for EBV specific antibodies had serology typical of primary EBV infection. Three of the 6 patients--1 of them serologically confirmed--were 60 years old or more, an age in which acute EBV infection is very rare.

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@article{Larsson1990IntrafamilialTO, title={Intrafamilial transmission of symptomatic Epstein-Barr virus infection among six adult members of one family.}, author={Birgitta Larsson and Annika Linde}, journal={Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases}, year={1990}, volume={22 3}, pages={363-6} }