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What is the course of infectious mononucleosis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Infectious Mononucleosis: When teenagers are exposed to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), about half will get mononucleosis (mono) or 'kissing disease." A few weeks after contact with the virus, monocyctes, a certain type of white blood cell, grow unchecked, filling up in lymph tissue. Teens can be laid up for weeks, sometimes months, before the fatigue lifts and they begin to feel normal again.

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