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A 31-year-old female asked about a male:

My dad has mono(test conf) -no symp. he's with my 2yo abt 2hrs, 2x a week. no food/utensil sharing but close interaction. how likely is son to have it?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Little risk: Infectious mono is rare beyond age 20-25. However, assuming your dad's diagnosis is correct, it's not so easily transmissible -- usually by sex or intimate kissing. He should use common sense hygiene and avoid directly exposing your son to his saliva. But normal child-grandfather interactions pose little if any risk. (Your child is at much higher risk of this virus from kids in day care etc.)

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Last updated Oct 26, 2016

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