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Can you get mono more than once?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Even if EBV is reactivated, it is usually without symptoms of mono. A few chronic carriers may develop a type of lymphoma (Burkitt's).
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