Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV, is one of the most common human viruses in the world. It spreads primarily through saliva. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses. Most people will get infected with EBV in their lifetime and will not have any symptoms. Mono caused by EBV is most common among teens and adults.
EBV can be spread by using objects, such as a toothbrush or drinking glass, that an infected person recently used. The virus probably survives on an object at least as long as the object remains moist.
Is this a reportable illness?
This is not a reportable illness to CDPH but consult with your school nurse to confirm this diagnosis with parents or the medical provider.
What do schools need to do next?
Sick person does not need to be excluded.
Avoid sharing of objects that come in contact with the person’s mouth.