Mononucleosis is a viral infection that affects your
lungs, liver, and lymphatic system or tissue fluids.
The virus, known as Epstein-Barr, usually affects
people between the ages of 12 and 40 years.
The virus is spread mainly by saliva and you can
get it by close contact, such as kissing.
Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, a
member of the herpes virus family. The disease
develops if the virus is encountered for the first
time at an age when the response of the body's immune
system is most vigorous. The peak incidence of the
illness occurs around the ages of 15 and 17.
Typically, the initial symptoms and signs of mono
occur about 10 days after exposure in children and 30
to 50 days after exposure in adults, symptoms and
signs may become present, including:
- Severe sore throat
Swollen glands in the neck,
Swelling around the eyes
Muscle aches or stiffness
There is no specific cure. Eating healthy foods and
getting extra rest are important. Drink plenty of
water or juice every day.