Aside from these high-risk groups, “it’s really hard to know who’s going to be affected by EBV and who isn’t,” says Shikha Jain, a hematologist and oncologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “Most people get infected with EBV as children, and once you have it, the virus persists for life but it can lie latent, without causing any symptoms.” Even when it’s in a state of suspended animation, however, there is always the possibility that it can become reactivated and cause problems in the future.
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.