Scientifically, EBV is classified as a member of the herpesvirus family.
Infectious mononucleosis developed its common name of "kissing disease" from this prevalent form of transmission among teenagers.
It typically takes between four to eight weeks for people become symptomatic after the initial Epstein-Barr virus infection.
The symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus infection include fever, fatigue, malaise, and sore throat.
The designation "mononucleosis" refers to an increase in a particular type of mononuclear white blood cells (lymphocytes) in the bloodstream relative to the other white blood cells as a result of the viral infection.
Having a sore throat can be a symptom of many conditions, and many people wonder if their own sore throat might be a sign of something more serious than the common cold.