Jan 20 2009
The Epstein Barr virus that causes glandular fever or mono, is shed from the throat and contagious during the illness and up to a year after the infection. The virus can become dormant and later reactivate and be shed from the throat again. Symptoms of the illness may not always be apparent. In fact many healthy people can carry and spread the virus intermittently for life. It is believed that these people are the main reservoir for person to person transmission of the virus.
Apart from through kissing, saliva can transmit the virus by people sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or toys. Mononucleosis can be transmitted from mouth to hand so washing hands well is important. Though good personal hygiene makes sense, the Epstein Barr virus is everywhere, and exposure to it cannot be avoided entirely.
The virus is also found in mucous and can be transmitted through coughing or sneezing.
It is not as easily spread as the common cold or flu virus since the virus is very fragile and cannot survive for long out of the human body. For this reason outbreaks of mononucleosis are rare – they occur sporadically throughout the year.
The Epstein Barr virus can also be transmitted by blood via a needle or blood transfusion. For this reason it is important that you do not donate blood for at least 6 months after the onset of symptoms.
Symptoms of mononucleosis appear 30 – 50 days after exposure to the virus, although some people are infected with the virus for weeks or months before any symptoms begin to appear.
If you have been diagnosed with Epstein Barr it is important to rest your body, drink plenty of pure water and support your immune system with vitamins, minerals, herbs, an immune-boosting diet and lifestyle improvements. These natural treatments for Epstein Barr are discussed in detail in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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