Epstein Barr Virus
Epstein-Barr Virus is the virus that’s known to cause mononucleosis. You may know this disease better by its nickname, “mono”. It’s also referred to as the “kissing disease” because of one way you can spread it to anyone else.
Even though Epstein-Barr Virus isn’t a household name, you’ve probably been infected without even knowing it. Lots of people carry the virus but don’t get sick.
WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS?
Once your infected with the EBV, symptoms can take up to 6 weeks to show up. When they do, they’re often mild, especially in young children. Kids’ symptoms may be more like those of a cold or a flu. Teens often have more obvious symtoms of mono.
If you do get symptoms, most likely you’ll have:
- Lack of appetite
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Weakness and sore muscles