(mono) occurs in about 1 out of
2,000 people every year. People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely
to have symptoms of mono.1
Most people have been exposed to
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mono, by the
time they reach adulthood. They likely won't have symptoms, but they can spread
the virus to others every now and then throughout their lives.
Johannsen EC, Kaye KM (2010). Epstein-Barr virus
(infectious mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus-associated malignant diseases, and other diseases). In GL Mandell et al., eds., Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 7th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1989–2010. Philadelphia:
Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
July 28, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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