Epstein-Barr virus infection in Desert Storm reservists

Approximately 150 U.S. Army reservists from Indiana reported

symptoms consistent with chronic fatigue syndrome after

returning stateside from the tour of duty in Saudi Arabia. A

psychiatric team confirmed the diagnosis, evaluated possible

etiology, and treated the service members when appropriate.

Those available service members who met the study’s diagnostic

criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome (n = 37) received an

Epstein-Barr virus panel. Seventy-three percent of these

selected service members were positive either for an acute or

reactivated Epstein-Barr viral infection. These data suggest

that service members who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome

may have their symptoms increased and prolonged by secondary

viral infections.

Carver LA, Connallon PF, Flanigan SJ, Crossley-Miller MK

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