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Is Mono Contagious

Updated on March 14, 2010

Mononucleosis, also called mono, is also known as the “kissing disease.” There is a common confusion in the minds of many people about mono and they fail to interpret this infection as one that is caused by a common breed of virus called the herpes. A common question that is asked by many people is-Is Mono contagious? The answer is a yes as it is a viral infection that can be transmitted from one person to another.

Mono is caused by the Epstein Barr virus or the EVB that as mentioned above falls under the herpes category. This virus enters the human body through the exchange of saliva between two people. It has also been observed that this infection can also be transmitted from the sharing of dishes, glasses or utensils. Any action that allows the transfer of saliva from one person to another should be refrained from in order prevents the occurrence of this infection.

The incubation period of any virus is the duration of time that passes between the people contracting the virus and the emergence of the symptoms of the disease. The incubation period of mono is around 4-8 weeks and therefore, it becomes hard for a person to actually know that he or she has contracted mononucleosis. The period of this infection varies from person to person. The incubation period of mono is around four to eight weeks. This is the reason why it becomes difficult for any person to understand that he or she contracted this infection. The symptoms of this virus differ from person to person and this in turn determines the severity of the infection in any person.

This infection mainly occurs in adolescents and teenagers. Kissing is the sole reason that is responsible for this. Adults are more responsible when they kiss and teenagers are reckless. This is the main reason why a large number of teenagers all over the world have fallen prey to this infection.

There is another concern among people and that is- Is Mono Contagious for a second time? The answer is yes. There is a possibility of people contracting the infection for a second time. The reason behind this is that the virus remains in the body of the person for a long time. In such cases the symptoms can resurface and re-infect the person once again. There have been medical observations that have proved that the mononucleosis virus can originate from some autoimmune disorders that may be present in a person. It can also originate due to some kind of cancer. If any person is suffering from mono on a recurring basis, you need to carry out a number of medical tests to ascertain the cause and the resurface of the virus.

Once you have contracted the infection and are treated, you must ensure that you take meticulous care so that it does not happen again. These symptoms do go away once treated however you must pay attention to ensure that this infection does not reappear again. If this infection does resurface you should seek the medical attention of a doctor urgently. Thus, the answer to the question-“Is Mono contagious?” is yes and you must ensure that you take the precautions as advised by your doctor so that it does not resurface again.


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      Mom 5 years ago

      Our doctor said that my daugther could have contracted by walking by wen someone sneezed at the grocery store, he said it is not solely from kissing irresponsibly. So according to our pediatrcian, you are giving false info. :(

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      Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

      Very informative hub.