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Mononucleosis, an infectious disease that is caused by the virus Epstein-Barr, goes by many names. These include mono or the kissing disease, which is because kissing is often the main cause. In any case, Epstein-Barr leads to mononucleosis, causing a series of flu-like symptoms to appear anywhere from four to six weeks after contact. Many people who have been infected show no symptoms. Those who do, however, will need up to a few weeks to fully recover. Find out more about the symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus.

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1. Fatigue

One of the first symptoms a patient with Epstein-Barr will likely experience is fatigue, which appears during the early stages of the condition. Because symptoms can take four to six weeks to develop, it can be difficult to determine the precise cause of your infection. To make matters more confusing, symptoms appear mild in the earlier stages, leading many people to believe they have caught a common cold or the flu. However, some people also report symptoms specific to mono, depending on their age and other factors. If you’ve come into sexual contact with an infected patient, you may have mono.

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