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Glandular fever prevention

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As with other infectious diseases, the spread of glandular fever can be reduced. People who have glandular fever, or those who come into contact with people with glandular fever, should:

  • carefully wash hands with soap and running water, especially after sneezing and coughing, and before touching other people
  • avoid sharing eating and drinking containers and utensils
  • avoid saliva contact with people who have, or may have, glandular fever (and if you have glandular fever, avoid saliva contact with others)

The more you rest, the quicker you will recover. Talk to your doctor about when it is appropriate to return to normal life.

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Last reviewed: April 2019


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