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Why do some people get mono and others don't?

Why do some people get mono and others don't?

Mono: Everyone is different. Some people get cancer while others don't. Some people get more severe colds than other people. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection with ebv?

Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection
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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 more

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Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Yes: Mono is a pattern infection responsible for the appearance a mononuclear white cells in excessive numbers.There are several potential germs that cause it, 80% as the E. B. virus. The germ does not care if you have a spleen or not when you get it. ...Read more

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Why don't more adults get mono?

Why don't more adults get mono?

Childhood infection: Most cases of infectious mononucleosis ("mono") occur during childhood. The great majority of people make protective antibody that last long term, decreasing the incidence (new cases) of mono in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can an adult get mono?

Can an adult get mono?

Yes: Many people will get this in childhood as a simple flu like illness and never be sick enough to seek care. If an adult is not immune, they can get it and usually have a more intense experience with it. Often they can be quite ill for up to 3 weeks and a few are ill for 3 months. ...Read more

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Can i get mono twice mono?

Once : Once a patient has had mono, they will always test positive for the virus. In general, patients only get true mono one time, but if the patient is very "run-down", or susceptible from physical stressors, the virus can re-activate and cause mono symptoms and can also be contagious again. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age you can get mono?

Infancy: Mononucleosis can happen in infancy and is often no more intense than many of the other viral illneses they will experience. When they do have it, they develop immunity against later recurrences. ...Read more

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Will I get mono from my boyfriend if he has mono?

Will I get mono from my boyfriend if he has mono?

Maybe: The majority of adults have mono in childhood and are immune. For those that are not, the illness is harsh. The contagious period begins days before the first symptoms and lasts 3 weeks in most, longer in some.You can be supportive,but less intimate, and might avoid it.Yet you are likely incubating it already if susceptible. I'd probably take my chances unless I wanted an excuse to take off. ...Read more

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Is it possible that adults get mono from children?

Is it possible that adults get mono from children?

Depends: The main cause of mono, the eb virus will confer lifelong immunity. Many have this infection in childhood and will never have this as adults.If the adult missed it during childhood, it could certainly spread to them if exposed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

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