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Mononucleosis, often refered to as mono or the kissing disease, is a virus transmitted through the swapping of saliva. Although it is refered 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 usually diagnosed through a 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.

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.


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.



What is mononucleosis?


Mono is usually caused by kissing but can be caused by anything where saliva is swapped. Some symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, swollen tonsils, and muscle weakness.

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