Episode Fourteen | EBV The Perfect Parasite

Monday, 12 October 2020 | Dr Travis Brown

In 1958, via the world’s first epidemiological study, Dr Denis Burkitt mapped the incidence of large jaw tumours in young African Children and theorised that the cause was due to a virus. However, he was later to discover that this same virus was responsible for Infectious Mononucleosis (IM) in Western Populations. How could one virus cause such different diseases?

The answer was because he was studying the world’s most perfect parasite.

This podcast is an interview with Associate Professor David Ellis, MBBS, FRCPA and is eligible for 1 RACGP CPD point – self reporting.