Other Viruses That Affect the Liver

  • Authors: Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc, FAST (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 9/4/18 (What's New)


  • EBV infection is found in > 90% of adults, with high seropositivity rates established by 18 years of age[Luzuriaga 2010]
  • The frequency of hepatic involvement with infectious mononucleosis increases from approximately 10% in young adults to 30% in the elderly[Lawee 2007]
  • EBV is transmitted via infected saliva (often via kissing) and less commonly by sexual transmission, with an incubation period of 30-50 days[Thorley-Lawson 2001]

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