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Author Banatvala, J. E. ♦ Grylls, Sally G.
Source British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Content type Text
Publisher British Medical Journal Publishing Group
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Abstract Serological investigations performed on 27 patients with illnesses resembling infectious mononucleosis showed a significant increase in high antibody titres (more than 1:40) to EB virus in 11 of the 12 who developed heterophile antibodies. Two of these patients, however, had a significant increase in antibody titre to cytomegalovirus and rubella virus, respectively. Of 15 patients who failed to develop heterophile antibodies, one had a high antibody titre to EB virus, the others generally having undetectable or low antibody titres. The insidious onset of the illness in many patients together with the fact that EB virus antibodies rose to high titres rapidly reduced the value of this investigation diagnostically. EB virus antibody was still present in the sera of five patients who had had well-authenticated heterophile-antibody-positive infectious mononucleosis some four to seven years previously. Twenty-seven out of 70 (39%) healthy nurses had antibody at a level of more than 1:10 to EB virus. The presence of EB virus antibody in different population groups appears to be related to such factors as age and socioeconomic status.
Description Citation Reference: British Medical Journal
ISSN 00071447
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1969-08-23
e-ISSN 14685833
Journal British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 5668
Page Count 3
Starting Page 444
Ending Page 446


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Source: British Medical Journal (The BMJ)