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This patient support community is for discussions relating to Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), chronic EBV, and infectious mononucleosis (mono).

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What is EBV?

How we prevent from EBV ? What causes?
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EBV is Mono or what you may have heard called the kissing disease although this is not the only way you can catch it

How to Prevent Mono

There is no way to prevent mononucleosis. Keeping the immune system healthy is the best way to prevent the disease (or any disease for that matter). Eating well, reducing stress, and getting lots of exercise and plenty of rest is a good start to keeping the immune system healthy.

Some doctors say getting the Epstein-Barr virus at an early age is actually good because the body has a better chance of producing enough antibodies before the body is susceptible to mono. If you get EBV at a later age your immune system is not yet strong enough to fight off mononucleosis. Some doctors are against this theory though because in some young children EBV can cause some life-threatening complications.

Mononucleosis, or more commonly known as just "mono", is an infectious disease. It is transmitted through saliva; therefore, you can get it through kissing someone (mono is also called “the kissing disease”), sharing a glass with someone, or even getting coughed on. Babies can get mono from sharing toys (if one baby chews on a toy, and then the other baby  puts that toy in its mouth). Ninety (90) percent of mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is a virus that almost all humans get at one point in their life, and then it stays with them forever. Some say that the earlier you get EBV the better because once you get EBV your body starts producing antibodies against the virus, therefore, it helps protect your body from mono.

In the 1880’s German doctors described mono as “glandular fever” because your glands and lymph nodes swell up. But then in 1920 Thomas P. Sprunt and Frank A. Evans invented the term “infectious mononucleosis”.

I copied this from a website I will give you the link if you want to read more hope this helps

http://www.essortment.com/all/mononucleosisep_rnrj.htm     THIS IS THE DIRECT LINK TO THE WEBSITE HOPE THIS HELPS YOU

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