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Infectious Mononucleosis

 

Infectious mononucleosis or kissing disease is a viral disease usually found in young adults.

Causes

  • Virus, usually Epstein-Barr virus (EPV)
  • Saliva of infected person

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Enlarged spleen

Treatment
Treatment is usually not required and symptoms can be managed by:

  • Resting
  • Consuming plenty of fluids
  • Lozenges or salt water gargle to soothe the throat

Prevention

  • Avoid sharing food or utensils with an infected person
Avoid kissing or taking in saliva of an infected person