Infectious mononucleosis mostly affects teenagers and young adults. The disease is spread through saliva and can cause fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Illness usually lasts between one week and several weeks. People with infectious mononucleosis should avoid kissing others, regularly wash their hand and not share drink containers.
Infectious mononucleosis (also known as glandular fever) is a viral disease caused by infection with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
Spread of the virus can be prevented through:
A blood test can confirm the diagnosis in a patient who is suspected to have infectious mononucleosis.
There is no specific treatment for infectious mononucleosis. Your doctor can advise on treatment for symptoms such as fever and sore throat. Rest and a balanced diet may be helpful.
Infectious mononucleosis is not notifiable in NSW. Cases are not excluded from childcare, school or work, but should be advised on how to help prevent spread and encouraged to rest at home until they feel better.
For further information please call your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055