Are you a patient with Mononucleosis?
Please review the following donor requirements:
- You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
- You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must weight at least 110 lbs.
- You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.
Mononucleosis/Epstein Barr Virus
Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called the kissing disease. The virus that causes mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a widespread human herpes virus, can cause mononucleosis — but usually it doesn’t. In fact, most EBV infections aren’t noticeable, even when they’re most active in your body. The virus lives in a person’s salivary glands and may be spread through saliva.
Fatigue, general malaise sore throat, perhaps a strep-throat that doesn’t get better with antibiotic use, fever, swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits, swollen tonsils, headache, skin rash, or soft, swollen spleen.
Rest and adequate fluids are key to recovery.
(Mayo Clinic, 2015)