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Mononucleosis What is mononucleosis and what are the symptoms? Mononucleosis (often called "mono") is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms of mono include: Fever Sore throat Fatigue Weakness Swollen glands in your neck and armpits Loss of appetite Night sweats Symptoms in young children are generally mild, while symptoms in adolescents and young adults tend to be more severe. How do people get mono? Mono is not spread as easily as some other viruses, such as the common cold. The mono virus is found in saliva and mucus. It is usually passed from one person to another through kissing, which is why it is often called the kissing disease. However, mono can also be passed through exposure to a cough, sneeze or through sharing food utensils (such as drinking glasses, spoons and forks) with someone who has mono. Signs of mono usually develop 4 to 6 weeks after you're exposed to the virus. Generally, people only get mono once. It's most common among people 15 to 35 years old.
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