Infectious mononucleosis is medical condition where in patients are affected with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is sometimes called as the kissing disease because it can be obtained through oral transmissions. Infected patients commonly experience flu-like symptoms, fever, sore throat and swollen glands. However, this disease varies symptoms with age. Children infected with this virus often have no (or limited) signs and symptoms.
Test for infectious mononucleosis is done in order to determine the presence of EBV by locating the antibodies that indicates its existence. 90% of the patients affected by infectious mononucleosis are due to this virus which can be a link to other diseases such as cancer and even HIV.
Since this virus in one of the most common virus present in humans, it is sometimes use as a standard in determining the immune responses during laboratory/ experimental procedures.