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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Epstein-Barr Virus and Chronic Fatigue

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A bout of glandular fever can leave a person with chronic fatigue and a long list of ongoing health problems

While we are in the grips of a global pandemic we are at risk of forgetting about other, sometimes devastating infections that are doing the rounds. Take Glandular Fever caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for example.

In 2015, I presented a course for health professionals on the relationship between Glandular Fever and chronic fatigue, sometimes called "Post-Viral Syndrome" or "Tapanui Flu".

New Zealand is in the grips of a silent epidemic of Glandular Fever. Most cases go undiagnosed, usually brushed off as a case of flu, tonsilitis, or a bad tummy upset. For a few people who get glandular fever, the consequences can linger for a lifetime.

For a small number of those who contract glandular fever, the consequences can be long-standing and devastating. But this need not be the case. There are things that can be done but there is no "one-size-fits-all".

Why is this not a more compelling medical issue than it is? The cynics among us might argue that the reason this virus is being largely ignored as a health problem is there is currently no vaccine or drug for this nasty viral infection. If a vaccine comes along what's the bet that things will change dramatically!

"You are such a cynic, Gary!"

One of the course attendees, Phil Williams of Australia, has written an excellent paper on this topic.

Let me know if you have any questions, or get hold of Phil.

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