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Facts: The kissing disease or mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (named after its discoverers Michael Epstein and Y.M Barr). More than 95% of the population is infected.
Most people catch the virus at a very young age, at which time the symptoms are often too mild to be noticed.
However, those who catch it when they are young adults (or older) suffer from sore throats, swollen lymph glands, and extreme malaise. In addition the spleen can become enlarged. Sports and strenuous activities must be avoided to prevent rupture. Epstein Barr virus also causes an increase in the level of mononuclear white blood cells in the blood, which is how the disease got its nickname.
Nevertheless, Epstein Barr is not very contagious. Transmissions require close contact such as kissing or sharing drinks. And with an incubation period of 4-5 weeks, it can be a while before you know whether you've caught it.
Most people get over Epstien Barr in a couple of weeks through it can take up to a year to kiss the virus goodbye!