The "Kissing Disease"
Mono doesn't have any vaccines available because doctors believe there are more serious things to worry about and 99.9% of the people get better from it. Therefor, to avoid the spreading or catching of mono don't donate blood, do not share plates or silverware, also do not kiss anyone that's been infected with mononucleosis.
- General discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Sore Throat
- Swollen lymph nodes and spleen
- Jaundice (yellow coloring to the skin)
Effects of the disease
The throat and tonsils redden and lymph glads swell. You're tonsils develop a whitish coating in at least one third of the cases.
One of the kissing diseases' symptoms is the Rash which is a pink measles-like rash that is more likely you get if you take medicines like ampicillin or amoxicillin.
That is the photomicrograph of blood cells infected by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV), a herpesvirus responsible for Mononucleosis.
Statistic show that 95% of adults between the ages of 35 and 40 have been infected with the Epstein Barr virus, which is a very common virus. The Epstein Barr virus causes the infectious Mononucleosis disease in adolescences and young adults. However even after the symptoms of the infectious mono have disappeared the EBV will remain dormant in the throat and blood cells in that persons lifetime. The virus can reactivate periodically however, without the symptoms. Even if mononucleosis if very infectious no one has died from it because 99.9% of people recover from it.
Some Risk Factors include that children can be infected by this disease but it often goes unnoticed because their symptoms are mild and a person is in increased risk of getting mono if they're between the ages of 10 and 24, if they're in close contact with many people, if you have intimate contact with a person that has mono or an active EBV infection or shares drinking glasses, eating utensils, dishes, or a toothbrush with an infected person.