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Can I prevent mononucleosis?

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There’s no vaccine to prevent mono. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can stay in your saliva for months after you’re infected, so even if you don’t have symptoms or feel sick, you may be able to spread it. This makes it hard to prevent the spread of mono. To lower your chance of getting it, wash your hands often and try not to share such things as drinks or silverware with other people.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth.org: “Mononucleosis.”

CDC: “About Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth.org: “Mononucleosis.”

CDC: “About Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 02, 2019

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