Don’t kiss your health goodbye: all you need to know about mono, the virus that hits teens and young adults hardest

Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called the kissing disease – but that’s something of a misnomer. The Epstein-Barr virus which causes the infection is a common herpes virus and was named for the scientists who first identified it in the mid-1960s, Anthony Epstein and Yvonne Barr. It is transmitted in the saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed to it through coughing, sneezing or sharing a glass or cutlery with someone who has mono. While the…

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