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Glandular Fever (Infectious Mononucleosis) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis), aka "mono" and "kissing disease" is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). By the time most people reach adulthood, an antibody against EBV can be detected in their blood meaning they have been infected with EBV. The illness is less severe in young children. The infection can be spread by saliva. The incubation period for "mono" is 4 to 8 weeks. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. "Mono" can cause liver inflammation (hepatitis) and spleen enlargement (splenomegaly) and Vigorous contact sports should be avoided to prevent rupture of the spleen> rupture.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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