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Infectious mononucleosis -- known popularly as mono or the kissing disease -- has been recognized for more than a century An estimated 90 percent of mononucleosis cases are caused by the Epstein-Barr virus EBV a member of the herpes virus group Most of the remaining cases are caused by certain other herpes viruses particularly cytomegalo virus This fact sheet focuses on mononucleosis caused by EBV EBV is a common virus that scientists estimate has infected over 90 percent of people aged 40 or older sometime during their lives These infections can occur with no symptoms of disease Like all herpes viruses EBV remains in the body for life after infection usually kept under control by a healthy immune system Almost anyone at any age can get mononucleosis Seventy to 80 percent of all documented cases however involve persons between the ages of 15 and 30 Both men and women are affected but studies suggest that the disease occurs slightly more often in men than in women Doctors estimate that each year 50 out of every 100000 Americans have mononucleosis symptoms Among college students the rate is several times higher Mononucleosis does not occur in any particular season although authorities in colleges and schools where the disease has been well studied report that they see most patients in the fall and early spring Epidemics do not occur but doctors have reported clustering of cases Transmission EBV the virus that causes most cases of mononucleosis infects and reproduces in the salivary glands It also infects white blood cells called B cells Direct contact with virus-infected saliva such as through kissing can transmit the virus and result in mononucleosis Someone with mononucleosis however does not need to be isolated Household members or college roommates have only a slight risk of being infected unless they come into direct contact with the patients saliva A person is infectious several days before symptoms appear and for some time after acute infection
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