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What causes mononucleosis?

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The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the most common cause of mono, but other viruses can also cause it.

EBV is part of the herpes virus family, and it�s one of the most common viruses you can get. Most people get infected with it at some point during their lives, and people all over the world get it. In the U.S., about 85% to 90% of adults are infected with the virus by the time they�re 40 years old. Usually, the infection happens before a child becomes a teen.

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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