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Why Do Some People Get Mono When Others Dont
Infectious mononucleosis is also known as Mono. Infectious mononucleosis is an infectious illness caused by a virus, called Ebstein Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more
Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection
Depends: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the cause of mono. Majority of adults have been infected and subsequently develop an immunity by age 40. Rarely, a second milder infection is possible. Most people get the virus in their childhood resulting in flu like symptoms. After recovery, most of them have lifetime immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
95% of people carry EBV but only a few get mono. Does that mean these few have much weaker immune system and potential to get more serious stuff? Help
No difference: There is no known difference in the immune systems between people who get symptoms of mononucleosis when they catch HIV and those who don't have mono. And those with or without obvious mono are not known to have any higher risk of other complications of EBV, such as rare cases of lymphoma. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Saliva: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called kissing disease. Virus causing mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn't as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold. ...Read more
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