PLOS says that it is known that infections with certain viruses can weaken the immune response to another pathogen. A new study reports provocative findings in mice that infection with the mouse equivalent of Epstein-Barr virus can turn infections with certain parasites that cause malaria in mice (which are normally quickly suppressed by the immune system) into a lethal disease. 262 more words
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What is the Epstein Barr Virus?
Many people know the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), or mononucleosis, as “the kissing disease” because it forms massive reserves in the saliva and mouth and it easily transmitted through kissing. 994 more words