Do You Know About The Kissing Disease?
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?