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Mononucleosis, often referred to as mono or the kissing disease, is a virus transmitted through the swapping of saliva. Although it is referred to as the kissing disease it can be be contacted through different things such as sharing foods, public water fountains, or coughing and sneezing. It is contagious but not as easily spread as the common cold. Mono is always diagnosed through doctors. Doctors look for symptoms. They also check age and check how many white blood cells you have. If you have a high amount you probably have mono. They also conduct a mono spot test. It's a test to detect antibodies which are fighting against antigen from mono. The people most at risk for mono are the ages from 15-25.Some symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, swollen tonsils, and muscle weakness.

What is mononucleosis?

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Mononucleosis ("kissing disease," EBV infectious mononucleosis, Pfeiffer's disease, Filatov's disease) comes from the Epstein-Barr Virus, which is a type of Herpes virus. Up to 90% of adults are exposed in their lifetimes. It was discovered in 1964 by Anthony Epstein and Yvonne Barr after being sent a tumor sample from a Kampala, Uganda hospital. The sample was gathered by Denis Burkett.



There is no doctor prescribed treatment for mononucleosis. The best way to treat it is to get lots of rest and drink lots of water. ANTIBIOTICS WILL NOT HELP!!!!




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