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Your Healthy Family: Mononucleosis

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A contagious virus, that can be confused with the flu in its early stages, is making the rounds.
Mononucleosis is often called the "kissing disease" because the virus is transmitted through saliva.
Experts says mono can also be spread through coughs, sneezes, or sharing utensils and dishes with an infected person.
The symptoms are flu-like in the beginning.
You might also notice swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits.
It usually isn't serious, but it can last for weeks - even months.
A diagnosis comes through a blood test.
Treatment is only symptomatic. 
The infection is only contagious in the early stages.
The most common cause of mononucleosis is the Epstein-Barr virus, but other viruses can also be the culprit.
Most people who have infectious mononucleosis get it just once. 
Rarely though, symptoms may recur months or even years later.

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