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The mononucleosis illness, or mono in popular terminology, is an infectious disease spread by physical contact. Some describe it as the "kissing disease" for this reason, but in addition to kissing, you catch it by using cutlery or cups and plates used previously by an infected individual. Although this virus causes fatigue, sore throat, rashes, and other significant discomforts, it usually does not continue for more than a maximum of six weeks. Medical research estimates show that the immune systems of 90% of individuals provide full protection against mononucleosis. Teenagers and young adults are most at risk.

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1. Steps to keep the virus from spreading

Infection easily spreads through contact with infected individuals and the utensils they use, so once you know that someone is a mono carrier contact needs to be minimized. Some might imagine that mononucleosis spreads through the air and therefore carriers need to be isolated. Medical science debunks this idea. There is no need to put people with mono into quarantine. This does not prevent the virus from spreading, and it adds to the distress of those infected. In addition to avoiding kissing, keep the eating and drinking utensils of infected individuals separate from those of the other household members, and do not share toothbrushes.

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