What Is Kissing Disease?

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  • 1. Balfour Jr., Henry et al. Infectious mononucleosis. Clinical Translational Immunology vol. 4,2 (2015): e33. doi: 10.1038/cti.2015.1
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2. Risk Factors

Teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 are more at risk for contracting kissing disease. They are also likely to experience symptoms that are more severe than people from other age groups. Children can also get the disease, but it is unclear as to how this occurs.

Those who live in developed countries are more vulnerable to contracting mono by the time they reach their teen years due to the lack of exposure to EBV early in life. Without this exposure, there is no opportunity for building up the antibodies to fight off the virus.

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