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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

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Dr. Paul Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: EBV infection

Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus.
Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports.

In brief: EBV infection

Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus.
Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports.
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
CMV (cytomegalovirus) can also cause a very similar infection with very similar treatment and prognosis.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
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In brief: Virus

It is a virus caused by ebv.
Symptoms include fever, sore throat, fatigue, weakness, swollen glands on the neck/armpit areas, loss of appetite, night sweats.Mono virus is found in the saliva/mucus thus called kissing disease. Risk of rupturing spleen if enlarged, avoid physical activities/contact sports 3-4 weeks after u hv mono.No cure, supportive treatment, antibiotics only if w bacterial infection.

In brief: Virus

It is a virus caused by ebv.
Symptoms include fever, sore throat, fatigue, weakness, swollen glands on the neck/armpit areas, loss of appetite, night sweats.Mono virus is found in the saliva/mucus thus called kissing disease. Risk of rupturing spleen if enlarged, avoid physical activities/contact sports 3-4 weeks after u hv mono.No cure, supportive treatment, antibiotics only if w bacterial infection.
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