The Transmission Of Mononucleosis - The Mono Kissing
Mononucleosis is a virus that gets transmitted from person to person
via saliva and mucus.
You usually get it by intimately kissing someone who's infected
with mononucleosis at the time (hence its other name the mono 'kissing
Mononucleosis can also be transmitted in other ways for example,
by sharing food, eating utensils or cups, or via coughing or sneezing.
But although the mono kissing disease is contagious, it's not as
catchy as other viruses (like the common cold for example) because
it's not (usually) an air-borne virus.
The Transmission Of Mononucleosis
Now what's interesting is that the Epstein Barr Virus has
been shown to be the main cause of the mono kissing disease.
But what most people don't realise is that they are probably already
immune to the Epstein Barr Virus. In fact, a study in the US has
shown that the Epstein Barr Virus is present in over 90%
of adults. [Ref 2]
Yep! Even healthy people can carry the Epstein Barr Virus.
What's more, most people become infected with the Epstein Barr
Virus without becoming sick and so don't even notice
when they get it. And once you've been exposed to the Epstein Barr
Virus , you carry it for the rest of your life.
So what does this mean?
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Well it means that if you have been previously exposed
to the Epstein Barr Virus (which you more than likely have
been), you'll be immune to getting the mono kissing disease
(mononucleosis - also known as glandular fever).
But if you do get the mono kissing disease (mononucleosis)
then it will take about 4 to 6 weeks for symptoms to appear. And
while you are infected with the mono kissing disease (mononucleosis),
you may be infectious for weeks (i.e. transmission
of mononucleosis is possible for weeks) - so no kissing!
Symptoms of the mono kissing disease (mononucleosis / glandular
fever) usually go away within 1 or 2 months. But as a carrier
of the Epstein Barr Virus (like most of the population) you will
carry the Epstein Barr Virus for the rest of your life (the Epstein
Barr Virus will remain latent or dormant in your body).
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kissing disease, Epstein Barr Virus
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