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Unformatted text preview: Infectious mononucleosis. Infectious mononucleosis is caused by a herpes virus believed to be the Epstein-Barr virus. This virus has DNA and an envelope and the ability to remain latent in the B-lymphocytes. Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis include sore throat, mild fever, enlarged spleen, and an elevation of infected B-lymphocytes known as Downey cells. The viruses are often transmitted by saliva. Treatment usually consists of extensive bed rest, and recurrences are possible. The virus of infectious mononucleosis is related to a type of tumor of the jaw tissues known as Burkitt's lymphoma. Most often seen in Africa, the condition is related to mononucleosis because of its etiologic agent. The Epstein-Barr virus is also related to cases of Epstein-Barr virus disease , known on occasion as chronic fatigue syndrome....
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