Chronic viral illnesses

(EBV, CMV, HIV/AIDs, HHV-6 (HHV-7, -8, etc), myalgic encephalomyelitis

  • Epstein-Barr virus​- EBV, is one of the most common human viruses in the world. Saliva is the primary way it spreads. Infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses is caused by EBV. A majority of people will get infected with EBV in their lifetime and many will not have any symptoms. Mono caused by EBV is most common among teens and adults.
  • Cytomegalovirus​- It is common that people of all ages gets infected with CMV. Over half of the adult population by age 40 has been infected with CMV. The majority of people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms. When an infant is born with a CMV infection, it is called congenital CMV. Approximately 1 in 200 babies are born with congenital CMV infection. Approximately 1 in 5 babies with congenital CMV infection will have long-term health issues.
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ​- (AIDS) is a chronic and potentially a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV interferes with the body’s ability to fight organisms that cause disease by damaging the immune system.
  • Human Herpesvirus 6 ​- HHV6 is the common collective name for Human betaherpesvirus 6A and Human betaherpesvirus 6B. These closely related viruses are two of the nine herpesviruses known to have humans as their primary host.
  • Human betaherpesvirus 7​- Human betaherpesvirus-7 is one of the nine known members of the Herpesviridae family that infects humans. HHV-7 is a member of Betaherpesvirinae which is a subfamily of the Herpesviridae that also includes HHV-6 and Cytomegalovirus
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis ​-​​Also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. People with ME/CFS often are not able to do normal activities. ME/CFS can at times confine people to their beds due to excessive fatigue.