Glandular fever, also known as mononucleosis, is caused by viral infection with Epstein Barr virus or cytomegalovirus. The disease is most prevalent in young adolescents and immune compromised individuals. The most common cause of transmission of the disease is kissing (hence its alternative name 'the kissing disease').
The symptoms include a sore throat, fever, swollen lymph glands and lethargy. Diagnosis can be confirmed by a blood test, however this is not always essential as most people recover without treatment within 6 weeks. Immune compromised patients may require treatment with antiviral's.
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