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Glandular fever

Glandular; fever; ;

Glandular fever is an infection caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). It is also called Infectious Mononucleosis and sometimes the ‘Kissing Disease’. Once a person catches Epstein Barr virus, it is believed that the virus remains in his or her body for life, though it usually does not cause further illness. By adulthood, 90 to 95% of people in Australia have been infected with EBV.

If your child has a very sore throat, swollen glands in their neck or in other parts of their body, and if they have been feeling very tired and unwell, they may have glandular fever. Take them to your doctor to get it checked out.

For information about glandular fever

 SA Health, (South Australian Government)
http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/  

Better Health Channel  (Victorian Government)
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ 

Raising Children Network (Australian Government) 
http://raisingchildren.net.au/ 

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