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A 19-year-old female asked:

if i shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will i get mono?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Unlikely: While one has antibodies for life after being exposed to the virus that causes mono. The virus should no longer be causing a problem.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Don't worry about it: Mono is caused by ebv virus, and a great many people already have the virus by the time they reach adulthood. Kids who catch ebv when young often get a milder, shorter illness (they don't remember ever having mono). There is no way to tell if one will get mono from sharing a single meal, 5 meals, or 50 meals. Ebv is generally considered a part of life. People don't spend time trying to avoid it.

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