Do You Know About The Kissing Disease?

United States
February 24, 2008 5:54pm CST
Mononucleosis is often refered to as the "The Kissing Disease." It is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). While other viruses can cause mono-like symptoms, EBV is generally thought to be the virus which causes mononucleosis. EBV is found mainly in saliva and mucus, EBV is passed most efficiently from person to person by intimate behavior, such as kissing. Thus comes the name "The Kissing Disease" The signs of mononucleosis usually do not begin until about 4 - 7 weeks after you were exposed to the virus. The initial symptoms may be a sense of general malaise that lasts about a week. Then it is followed by a set of signs and symptoms that may include: High fever Severely sore throat Swelling of the lymph nodes Fatigue Loss of appetite Muscle aches Enlargement of the spleen Swollen tonsils Mild jaundice Have you heard of the kissing disease? What do you know about it?
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@winterose (39914)
• Canada
25 Feb 08
of course I heard of it, it was common in the 70's we all called it mono, but I have not heard of anyone I know contracting it since then
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• United States
6 Mar 08
It seems to be going around in our community among the teens right now.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I have heard of the diease but i don't think I have ever had it. I went to school with some other kids that did have it at one time though.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I have heard about this. I only kiss hubby and he dosent have it....but many people could have it and not even realise what it is....some of the symptos look flu like. Dont you think so?
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I have heard of "mono" and those I know who have been afflicted with it were very sick for several weeks. I now know more about it than ever before, thanks to your discussion. I had no idea that it was caused by the Epstein Barr virus.