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Precautionary measures for EPV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   Hi, I went for my physical and found out that I have Epstein Barr virus, I had mono about 10 years ago and never was told that I had EPV since
Doctor :   ok
User :   My doctor wasn't very helpful on telling me what I should/shouldn't do, except that I should go back in 6 months to get tested
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details -Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
Doctor :   ok
User :   xxxxx, single, 5'7, 120lbs, no dependents
Doctor :   Epstein-Barr virus can cause infectious mononucleosis
Doctor :   A member of the herpes virus family, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses
User :   right, and I had that - so can i get it again?
Doctor :   yes u can get
User :   so what can I do in the meantime?
Doctor :   in children, EBV typically causes no signs or symptoms. When EBV occurs during adolescence or young adulthood, however, it can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono. Signs and symptoms of mononucleosis include fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes
User :   ok, so what can I do in the meantime?
Doctor :   incubation period, or the time from infection to appearance of symptoms, ranges from 4 to 6 weeks
Doctor :   persons with infectious mononucleosis may be able to spread the infection to others for a period of weeks. However, no special precautions or isolation procedures are recommended, since the virus is also found frequently in the saliva of healthy people. In fact, many healthy people can carry and spread the virus intermittently for life. These people are usually the primary reservoir for person-to-person transmission. For this reason, transmission of the virus is almost impossible to prevent.
Doctor :   there is no specific treatment for infectious mononucleosis, other than treating the symptoms
Doctor :   no antiviral drugs or vaccines are available

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