Syn: glandular fever, the kissing disease. A viral disease, most often seen among adolescents and young adults, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), transmitted in saliva or by direct contact; usually a mild illness, but it sometimes persists for months. It may be a cause of some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome. The relationship to lymphoma is uncertain and inconsistent. See http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/ebv.htm.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.