What is Mono?
Posted 04/29/2013 12:00AM

Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein Barr virus and is commonly known as “mono”.
Symptoms may include fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. If your student is experiencing these symptoms the doctor can run a simple blood test to determine if it is mono.

Symptoms usually start 4 to 6 weeks after you are exposed to the virus and can last for several weeks. Usually comfort measures like Tylenol and plenty of rest are all that is needed to recover from mono.

Mononucleosis is spread by person-to-person contact with the saliva of an infected person. To control the spread of Mononucleosis, make sure everyone washes their hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid sharing objects contaminated with saliva such as drinking cups, water bottles, eating utensils, toothbrushes and lip gloss/balm. Older students should be reminded to avoid kissing other people who have mono like symptoms.

Let’s stay healthy!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nurse Brown at Ext: 4603 or bbrown@antilles.vi

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