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How does mononucleosis spread?

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Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that commonly causes mononucleosis, spreads through bodily fluids. The most common way it spreads is through saliva, which is why you can get it from kissing. You can also get it if you share food, drinks, or silverware with a person who has it, or if an infected person coughs or sneezes near you. As long as an object that an infected person used is still moist, the virus is probably still present and contagious.

EBV can also spread through blood and semen.

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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