Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a common virus that most people are exposed to at some point in their lives. It is often referred to as the “kissing disease” or mononucleosis (mono), because of an easy method of transmission in adolescents and adults. EBV is generally spread through saliva and is found throughout the world. It is generally not a serious disease but the symptoms can leave one feeling under the weather for a short time.
Information. It is estimated that 90% of people will be infected with EBV at some point in their lives. But, not everyone who contracts the virus will get sick. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that only about 25% of teens infected will go on to develop mononucleosis or mono. Symptoms of infection are usually mild but can be severe in some people. Common symptoms that most people experience include fatigue, fever, sore throat, loss of appetite, rash, swollen glands (in the neck), weakness and sore muscles.