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Mononucleosis is an acute infectious disease of older children and young adults. The causative organism is thought to be a form of the Epstein Barr Virus.
The virus invades the lymphatic tissue of the neck and throat, leading to enlarged lymph nodes, the hallmark of the disease. Other symptoms include fever, Sore Throat, and excessive Fatigue. Occasionally Rashes and throat and mouth Infections occur, as well as an enlarged spleen.
Diagnosis of mononucleosis follows the exhibition of a large number of abnormal white blood cells. General therapeutic measures include bed rest and treatment of acute symptoms. Mononucleosis is a self-limiting disease which most healthy young people overcome in a few weeks or months without difficulty.
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