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** Mononucleosis **

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Updated 16 December 2015.
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Key Facts

· Mono is often called the “kissing disease”.
· You can get Mono if you come into contact with an infected person’s
· Mono is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV).
· There is no vaccine to prevent Mono.

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sore throatHave you ever heard of “the kissing disease”? Mononucleosis
(pronounced mon-o-nuke-lee-o-sis, or “Mono” for short) got this
nickname because people can pass it through their saliva when they kiss.
Kissing isn’t the only way you can catch Mono, though.

-What is Mono?-

Mono is the name of an infection that is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr
virus (EBV). EBV is a very common virus that many people are exposed to
when they’re young. The greatest number of people get Mono when they are
between 15 and 17 years old. Some people with EBV might not have symptoms,
but may still carry the virus and infect other people, causing /them/ to
develop Mono.

-How does someone get Mono?-

Kissing a person that has the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) is just one way of
getting Mono. There are other ways you can get it, and they all involve
coming in contact with body fluids (especially saliva)


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** wikiHow to Treat Mono **

Three Methods:Diagnosing MonoTreat Mono at HomeOther Medical CareCommunity

Mono, technically mononucleosis, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus or
cytomegalovirus—both strains of the herpes virus. It is spread through
direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, which has earned it
the nickname "the kissing disease." Symptoms develop about four weeks after
contact and include a sore throat, severe fatigue and high fever, as well
as occasionally soreness and headaches. Symptoms usually last from two to
six weeks. There is no drug or other easy treatment for mono. The virus
usually needs to simply run its course. Here are the best ways to handle


Method 1
Diagnosing Mono -

1. 1
*Spot the symptoms of mono.* Mono is not always easy to diagnose at home.
The best way is to look for the following symptoms, especially if they do
not go away after a week or two.^[1]

· Severe fatigue. You may feel excessively sleepy, or just lethargic and
unable to muster any energy. You may find yourself exhausted after the
smallest bit of exertion. This can also manifest as a feeling malaise or
general unwellness.
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· Sore throat, especially one that doesn't go away


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