Mononucleosis

The "Kissing Disease"

Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis or also known as the "kissing disease" is a caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Mono can be spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, also known as 'tongue-kissing'.

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.


Symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Fever
  • General discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Sore Throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes and spleen
  • Jaundice (yellow coloring to the skin)

Effects of the disease

Disease description

Historical Information

The country origin for Mononucleosis cannot be tracked that far back. However, the disease was discovered by a group of German Scientist back during the late 1880's. They named the disease "Glandular Fever" due to its symptoms. The infectious mono is already a pandemic because almost everyone gets it at one stage in their life worldwide.

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.