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How to Avoid Getting Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, can strike anyone, but those who experience the worst symptoms are teenagers. Follow these simple steps to avoid getting this virus.


  • Step 1: Avoid kissing, which can transmit the virus. Mononucelosis, often called mono, is sometimes known as the kissing disease.
  • Step 2: Avoid any contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person. Mono can also be spread by coughing or sneezing.
  • TIP: Mononucleosis is most contagious during the incubation period before symptoms appear.
  • Step 3: Wash your hands thoroughly, several times a day.
  • Step 4: Avoid sharing your food and use your own utensils. Taking a bite from someone else's food is also a no-no.
  • Step 5: Drink from your own straw or glass. Mono can be spread by sharing a drink with someone.
  • Step 6: Avoid close contact with anyone who may have mono.
  • FACT: Did you know? Almost 50 percent of people with mono get enlarged spleens of up to two to three times their normal size.

You Will Need

  • To avoid kissing
  • Clean hands
  • Your own utensils

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