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Mono Virus Spikes in Sussex County

SEAFORD, Del., - Many kids on Delmarva are on spring break this week, and they could have brought home more than just homework. Some health officials in Sussex County say they’ve seen an increase in cases on Mononucleosis within the past few weeks.

Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is an infectious disease that causes severe fatigue, fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes.

Ambient Care in Seaford is one of the urgent care centers that has experienced a spike in cases of mono. They say they’ve seen 18 cases of mono just in the month of April. Typically they only see about 3 or 4 cases a month. Although mono doesn’t have a season and can happen at any time, this is an unusual number of cases for them to experience. Most of their patients are middle school and high school aged kids.

"April has been one of the biggest numbers we've had,” said Christina Angelini, a physician’s assistant at Ambient Care. "A lot of it is from how it's passed which is through saliva. Most people know mono as the kissing disease but it's not necessarily from kissing."

It takes a while for symptoms to show. Angelini says it could take one or two months for symptoms to appear. But there are some things people can look out for in addition to other common symptoms like headaches, chills and muscle aches. She goes on to add that by time many people notice the symptoms, they could have already been contagious for about six weeks and spread it to others.

"Which is why we see this outbreak in high schoolers and school aged kids a lot,” said Angelini. “They share a lot of things and they're not sick and they don't think of it." She says the best thing parents can do is educate their kids on the disease.

The Delaware Department of Health does not track mono cases in the state
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