What can I do to avoid mononucleosis?

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You can take several measures to avoid mononucleosis, which is very contagious. The virus that causes mononucleosis is shed in the saliva, so if you know someone who has it, you should not kiss them during the initial infection. However, even though they do not have the virus, they will continue to shed it periodically. You also should avoid an infected person who is coughing or sneezing, because you can catch the virus by breathing it in. Another thing to avoid is sharing utensils or glasses with an infected person. There is no vaccine, but once you have been infected, you will develop antibodies to the virus that causes mononucleosis, which means you can carry the virus, but you will not get mononucleosis again.

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