MONONUCLEOSIS

This is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This infection occurs most often in teens and young adults. Also known as “Kissing Disease”.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
Fever, sore throat, listlessness, swollen lymph nodes in the neck commonly occur. Skin rash may appear on neck and shoulders or jaundice may develop.

IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION:
Refer to a health care provider for diagnosis.

TRANSMISSION:
Contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person. Most commonly, saliva (spit or drool).

Exclude until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and the individual feels well enough to return.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Special attention to sanitation of utensils and drinking glasses should not be shared.

Children may not return to school while they are contagious.  Please consult your doctor regarding the treatment that is appropriate for your child.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at 602 243-6909 or dmsoffice@desertmarigold.org.

For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/ebv.htm