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|+||Infectious mononucleosis: A specific viral infection (with the Epstein-Barr virus) in which there is an increase of [[white blood cells]] that are mononuclear (with a single nucleus) "Mono" and "kissing disease" are popular terms for this very common illness caused by the Epstein-Barr [[virus]] (EBV). By the time most people reach adulthood, an antibody against EBV can be detected in their [[blood]] meaning they have been infected with EBV. The illness is less severe in young children. The infection can be spread by saliva. The incubation period for infectious mononucleosis is 4 to 8 weeks. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, and swollen [[lymph glands]]. "Mono" can cause liver [[inflammation]] (hepatitis) and [[spleen]] enlargement. Vigorous contact sports should be avoided to prevent spleen rupture.|
|+||Common Misspellings: infectious mononeucleosis |