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Why Do Some People Get Mono When Others Don't
Mononucleosis is a viral disease caused by EB Epstein Barr virus. It can last 10-14 days even up to weeks and become chronic on occasion. A mono assay test can reveal if present and on an CBC can see nucleated or atypical lymphocytes. Sore throat, fatigue, fevers are the main symptoms. Treatment remains bedrest, fluids and Advil 400 mg po q 6 hrs until no symptoms occur. Reg ...Read more
Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection with ebv?
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
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
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
Most get it once:
Most people get mono only once. Rarely mono can recur or reactivate. Also bear in mind there are other viral infections that have the same symptoms as mono.
More about mono:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/mononucleosis/expert-answers/mononucleosis/faq-20058564 ...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
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
Varies: The predominant cause of 80+% of mono is the eb virus and you develop lifelong immunity. It can reactivate, but rarely does. There are other illnesses that produce a mono syndrome, cmv, rubella, hepatitis, toxoplasmosis and others. Since there are other potential causes, it is hard to say specifically how often one can have mono. ...Read more
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
Hard to say: The germs of mono are shed in the saliva and can remain active on environmental surfaces for hours. If contaminated utensils were used for a buffet, that might be a source for spread. However, most buffet houses have strict clean plate refill policies and replace serving ware often. Becoming known as a source for a community illness would kill their business ...Read more
Hard to say: The primary contagious period from mono is the first 3 weeks after onset. Yet some remain contagious for a few months and in some, the germ can hibernate and shed intermittently for years. If you had it as a kid, you are immune. I wouldn't worry about it. If you call her your gf you have been exposed enough to get it already. ...Read more
Secretions: Mono is caused by a virus called epstein-barr virus (ebv for short). In my young days - I won't divulge when that was- we used to refer to it as "the kissing disease", because teens often caught it after amorous kissing. The virus is easily transmitted in secretions - so saliva, nasal secretions, urine, etc. It can also live on surfaces for a while, so transmission is actually pretty easy. ...Read more
It's possible.: Infectious mononucleosis (aka "mono") is indeed contagious as suggested by the name. Commonly referred to as "kissing disease", this viral infection is typically passed along by oral secretions (i.e. Saliva); so, certainly sharing a bottle would be a possible vehicle for transfer of saliva--much like kissing! Please exercise caution with thorough cleansing of eating utensils used by those infected. ...Read more
Yes: All you need for exposure is contact with the virus.This can be left transiently on surfaces like door handles, doors, etc. That you touch as part of your normal day. Adults randomly touch their face, nose or mouth a few times every hour and this can transfer the germ to a point where it can enter your system. Frequent hand washing helps avoid this mode of exposure. ...Read more
Unlikely: With a normal incubation expected to run 4-6 weeks this is not likely to be your problem. ...Read more
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