May 18, 2017
MONONUCLEOSIS Exposure Notification
There have been two reported cases of Mononucleosis, also called “mono,” at Providence High School. We would like to give you this important information about this communicable disease and the actions being taken to prevent the spread of disease.
Mononucleosis is a contagious disease most commonly caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) but can be caused by other viruses as well. It is common among teenagers and young adults. At least one out of four teenagers and young adults who get infected with EBV will develop infectious mononucleosis.
What are the symptoms? Symptoms may develop slowly and may not all occur at the same time. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, fever, sore throat, head and body aches, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, swollen liver and/or spleen, and rash.
How is it spread? Typically, these viruses spread through bodily fluids, especially saliva; the disease can be spread through kissing, sharing drinks and food, food utensils, having contact with toys that children have drooled on, or any activity that brings a person in contact with contaminated saliva.
When do symptoms start? Symptoms usually appear 4 to 6 weeks after a person is infected.
Remember, washing your hands before preparing or eating food and after using the bathroom or changing diapers prevents the spread of disease. You can help protect yourself by not kissing or sharing drinks, food, or personal items with people who have infectious mononucleosis.
The information provided does not replace talking with your health care provider if your child is ill. If your child has symptoms that include those stated above, or symptoms begin in the coming weeks, please take your child to see his/her doctor. Let the doctor know that your child may have been exposed to Mononucleosis. Your child should not return to any activity until the doctor tells you it is safe to return and we ask you to please provide a doctor’s note when they return to school.
For additional information about this communicable disease, visit https://www.cdc.gov/epstein-barr/about-mono.html