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Mononucleosis, aka “mono” is a common viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Mononucleosis symptoms can include fever and sore throat, infection of the liver, lymph nodes and mouth. Swelling of the lymph glands in the neck are the classic symptom. While not considered a dangerous disease, mononucleosis is very contagious and has serious symptoms of fatigue and tiredness which can last for several months.
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Normally, HIV symptoms are non-existent in individuals who have recently become infected by the HIV virus. But, within a couple of months from contracting the HIV virus, it is very likely that they will exhibit signs very similar to symptoms of the flu. The HIV symptoms will rapidly grow to include high temperature and fever, extreme headache, fatigue and overall body ache. It is also common to find enlarged lymph nodes that are easy to detect in the neck and groin region.
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What Is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral condition that affects nerves and is usually diagnosed after its physical symptoms appear: an unpleasant rash with painful blisters frequently appearing on the skin. Once the rash and blisters have gone, many people still endure intense pain, that can persist for months or years.

Early identification and treatment of shingles can minimize the initial pain and may reduce the chance of persistent, recurring pain.

Shingles may also be referred to as Herpes zoster, or Zoster.
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Avian influenza, informally known as bird flu, is an infectious disease triggered by a group of viruses that typically attack birds. Starting in 1997, a subtype of avian influenza referred to as Avian influenza A (H5N1), has been identified in infected humans and is blamed for a small number of human deaths.
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Meningitis is an acute contagious disease causing inflammation of the outer covering of the brain (meninges) and upper spinal column. The two primary kinds of meningitis are viral and bacterial, but it may be caused by other microorganisms including fungal, and parasitic. Meningitis may also be caused by other diseases, like Lyme disease that can affect the lining of the brain.
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