I was exposed to someone with mono last Friday. Apparently she started feeling sick on Thursday and was just diagnosed on Wednesday (the week after). Should I be worried for my unborn child or my other two children who are 8 and 4? I realize theres nothing you can really do about it anyway, so I'm not sure, should I see a Doc or not?
Infective mononucleosis (mono) is caused by the EpsteinâBarr virus (EBV). EBV is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person (kissing, using the same drinking glass). If youâve been infected with the virus in the past you would not get infected again because you would have developed a life-long immunity against the virus. Once infected with EBV, your body cannot contract the virus again. An EBV-infection, or mononucleosis, is not considered a high risk for damaging a fetus. Some other viruses such as rubella, chickenpox, influenza, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, etc. are considered higher risk infections and can create fetal damage during pregnancy. There is nothing you can do if you were infected during contact. You can see a doctor if you start feeling the symptoms of mono: fever, sore throat, fatigue, abdominal pain, etc.
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