Mononucleosis (mono for short) is a common infection that usually affects teenagers and college students. Mono is highly contagious. It is generally spread by close contact or saliva, which is why it has been nicknamed the “kissing disease.” Mono is generally a mild disease, but it can cause serious health problems for some people. People who think they may have mono can visit Dragonfly Health to get a simple blood test via finger-stick and learn what they need to do to avoid spreading the disease until they get better.
Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:
Mono is a syndrome, which means it is disease that is known by the symptoms it causes. Most people think that mono is only caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but the syndrome can actually be caused by several different things. The Epstein-Barr virus is the most common cause of mono, but other causes include:
Most of these viruses and bacteria are spread through coughing and saliva, but some can spread through blood and sexual contact.