Students at Michigan State University have been back in school for about a month now. And in that time the Olin Health Center reports 18 positive cases of infectious mononucleosis.
Dr. John Wycoff of Wycoff Wellness Center says, "It seems like when kids are in college and living in a dorm they may not be eating as well as they should be. They're not getting enough sleep. They're around a lot of people."
According to Ingham Regional Medical Center ER doctor Dr. John Dery, "The 15 to 30-year-old population are mostly the people at risk because mono is spread by saliva. So that means people who are kissing, people who aren't washing their hands properly are at risk. It spreads rampantly through that population."
The virus is often referred to as the "kissing disease" because of the exchange of saliva. But it can also be contracted through sharing a drink or utensils.
Symptoms of mono are similar to those of the flu. They include an extremely sore throat, visibly swollen glands, fever, and constant fatigue. If you notice any of these symptoms you may want to contact your doctor for a Monospot blood test.