Flu or mono?
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
May 30, 2007
As Big Piney High School students finished their last days of the school year, one student was confirmed as having a case of mono last week.
Mono is caused by a virus that can spread easily through the teen population, so here’s what to watch for, according to a notice sent to BPHS parents from Sublette County School District Number 9 health services nurse Mary Fear:
“Usually the infection begins with a general feeling of illness (malaise) that lasts several days to a week. This vague discomfort is followed by a fever, sore throat, and enlarged nymph nodes. The throat is often very sore and pus-like material may be present at the back of the throat.
“Any lymph node may be enlarged: most commonly, the nodes of the neck are affected. Fatigue is usually most pronounced in the first two- to three-weeks but may last six weeks or more.
“The usual time between exposure and symptoms is 30-50 days,” according to the notice to parents.