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Is it possible to get mono more than once?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Mono is caused by the ebv virus. Once a person catches ebv, it seems to stay in one's body, and can re-activate to cause mono-like symptoms more than once. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to keep the ebv virus suppressed. Occasionally, other germs can cause a "mono-like" illness.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Married to it: Mononucleosis caused by ebv ( epstein bar virus ) some times also by CMV ( cytomeglovirus ) once infected virus stays in the body rest of the life, so married to it and rarely get a divorce !

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Is it possible for you to get mono if someone breathes on you?

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Dr. Jay Park
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unlikely: Close personal contact is required for transmission.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can you get mono more than once?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
More than one cause: Traditional mononucleosis describes a flu like illness with fever, swollen glands & the appearance of monocytes ( a white blood cell type) in the blood. About 90% of cases are caused by the eb virus, a member of the herpes virus family.Once experienced, immunity should be lifelong. Other agents like CMV virus, toxoplasma gondii, & adeno virus can cause a similar illness.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Even if EBV is reactivated, it is usually without symptoms of mono. A few chronic carriers may develop a type of lymphoma (Burkitt's).
Jun 19, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to have mono more than once?

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Dr. Boris Ripa
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: Mono may reactivate!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Mono syndrome can also be caused by more than one germ.A second infection may be an alternate germ.
Jan 6, 2014

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