By : Kimberly Cervantes

Infectious mononucleosis is also sometimes called the kissing disease or mono. This virus is an infection with Epstein - Barr virus.
Mononucleosis (EBV) has at least infected the majority of the people by the time they reach their adulthood. Mono is diagnosed in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 - 17 years of age. The illness can also be seen in children but its less severe and may even be the same as any other childhood illness.
The virus mononucleosis is transmitted through saliva, can also get through kissing, through sharing a glass or food utensils with someone else who has mono. Also you can be exposed through a cough or sneeze of someone who has mono. Even though mononucleosis isn't so so contagious as other infection.


  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Swollen Tonsils
  • Headache
  • Skin Rash
  • Feeling of unwellness
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpit
  • Soft, swollen spleen

There is no specific therapy for mononucleosis but it mainly involves bed rest and drinking lots of fluids. By treating secondary infection its a occasionally a strep infection and even sometimes develop a sinus infection of tonsils. You can also risk yourself with a rash if using medication. Because for example amoxicillin and penicillin aren't recommended for people with mononucleosis. Most people with mono recover fully and can return to school or work in a few weeks. But a small number of people will experience fatigue for several months.

Mononucleosis is classified as exogenous disease.

Infection cycle : mononucleosis is a virus, reservoir includes the human body, then the portal of exit is saliva, pathogen is person to person and body secretion (saliva), portal of entry is mucous membrane (mouth), and the susceptible host is a human and the body defenses become weak.


Work Cited

  • "Mononucleosis." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.
  • "Mononucleosis." - Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2015
  • "Infectious Mononucleosis: Mono Symptoms and Treatment." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.