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Prevalence and Incidence of Epstein-Barr virus

Prevalance of Epstein-Barr virus:

as many as 20% of people carry the virus in their throats ... see also overview of Epstein-Barr virus.

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 5 or 20.00% or 54.4 million people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "as many as 20% of people carry the virus in their throats" -- see also general information about data sources]

About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Epstein-Barr virus usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Epstein-Barr virus at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Epstein-Barr virus refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Epstein-Barr virus diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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