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Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Symptoms of mono include fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and body aches. Mono is most commonly spread through saliva, so it is often referred to as “the kissing disease.” It is most common in adolescents and young adults, but can affect people of any age. Treatment for mono typically involves rest and over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and pain. Most people recover from mono within a few weeks, but some may experience fatigue and other symptoms for several months.
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