Can mononucleosis be prevented?

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It is difficult to prevent mononucleosis. It is very common to be infected with the virus that causes mononucleosis, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). An estimated 95% of adults in the United States have been infected. The symptoms are often mild, so you may not know you have EBV. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease. The easiest way to prevent infection of others is to not kiss them and not share food or utensils until after your fever is gone. However, even then you might still be contagious, as the Epstein-Barr virus may still be present in your saliva for months after the infection.

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