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Kissing the Epstein-Barr virus goodbye?

Useful Sites

Department of Health and Aging, Australia

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 2012

Strengthening Immunisation for Children - Immunise Australia

Frequently asked questions about immunisation

Immunisation: Myths and realities

Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology, Australia

EBV Cellular Immunotherapy Project

Epstein-Barr virus – kiss this disease good-bye
Provides a list of questions and answers about the Epstein Barr virus and the development of a potential vaccine.

Glandular fever (Better Health Channel, Australia)

Glandular fever (or kissing disease) is the common term used to describe an acute viral infection called infectious mononucleosis. The virus that causes glandular fever is known as Epstein-Barr virus. Glandular fever mainly affects young adults. A chronic form of glandular fever is one of the suggested causes of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The herpes virus (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A transcript from The Health Report, 29 July 2002.

Eureka alert online global news service (American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA)

Provides the latest information on scientific discoveries relating the Epstein Barr virus.

Mononucleosis (Mayo Clinic, USA)

Infectious mononucleosis (also known as glandular fever) is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This clinical description includes symptoms, diagnosis and self-care.

The following sites contain information about infectious mononucleosis and Burkitt's lymphoma:

Epstein-Barr virus and infectious mononucleosis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)

Burkitt's lymphoma (Kimball Biology Pages, USA)

The Ras gene and cancer (Access Excellence, USA)

Describes how a class of virus contains an oncogene that causes the development of tumours in humans. A similar situation occurs in Burkitt's lymphoma, but with a different virus and different oncogene.

The following sites offer very technical information about Epstein-Barr virus and the diseases it causes:

Epstein-Barr virus (Virology Down Under, University of Queensland, Australia)
Covers the structure of the Epstein-Barr virus, its periodic reactivation, and potential therapeutic treatments.

Epstein-Barr virus infection: basis of malignancy and potential for therapy (Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine, 2001, Cambridge University Press, UK)
Covers the role of Epstein-Barr virus in the development of malignant tumours.

Vaccines (Kimball Biology Pages, USA)
Includes information on different types of vaccines, a table of some of the most widely used vaccines, some problems of vaccine development and DNA vaccines.

External sites are not endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science.
Page updated October 2009.