Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, is often called "the kissing disease" because that's one of the ways you can get it. It's caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), spread through saliva. Symptoms include:

Mono can also be spread by sharing eating utensils or glasses. A person is contagious several days before symptoms appear and for some time after. Symptoms usually resolve within 2 to 6 weeks.

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Review Date: 1/1/2017  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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