Harvard Health Letter

Is mono a kids' virus only?

Ask the doctor Q. My teenaged granddaughter was diagnosed with mono. Is that just a kidsí virus or can older people get it? A. We need to distinguish between the illness, mononucleosis (mono), and the virus that most often is the cause of the illness, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Most human beings become infected with EBV early in life, typically in their teenage years. Once we are infected, the virus remains…

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