Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may be a cause of canine lymphoma

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According to work published in the journal Virology by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which has been linked to a number of subtypes of lymphoma in humans, may also be responsible for causing some cases of canine lymphoma as well.

It should be noted that researchers are referring to it as an Epstein-Barr like virus, nor is there any evidence of the virus going from species to species. Rather, this study is highlighting the potential paradigm shift in understanding EBV and its association with lymphomas-- cancers that are not equivalent in dogs and humans but are the most frequently diagnosed canine cancers and which are especially prevalent in certain breeds, such as golden retrievers.

Read the full article online at Virology: Evidence of an oncogenic gammaherpesvirus in domestic dogs.

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