Question for Betty.

What about mono can you tell me?

Betty's Answer.

Mono or Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is an acute illness due to Epstein-Barr virus infection, which usually is transmitted through  saliva.  It is infamously known for being spread through kissing, but, can be spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks and food utensils.

Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, headache, loss of appetite, swollen spleen and night sweats. The incubation period prior to the development of symptoms averages four to eight weeks. Because mono is a viral disease there is no specific way to treat it, other than supportive care such as rest and adequate fluid intake. It is normal to feel fatigued for several weeks, and although the symptoms will lessen, it may take two to three months to feel completely normal.

If you have symptoms or concerns that you may have mono, please make an appointment with the Student Health & Counseling Center for evaluation.