Who is most at risk for mononucleosis?

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Young adults and teens are most at risk of getting mononucleosis. The virus that causes mononucleosis is shed in the saliva, so your risk for mononucleosis is increased if you kiss someone infected with the virus. Teens and young adults are more likely to get the disease by kissing or having intimate contact with someone who is infected. Younger children exposed to the virus often have few or no symptoms. Almost 95% of U.S adults have already been exposed to the virus and have developed immunity to it.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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