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A University of Minnesota professor and his team are developing a vaccine that could reduce the risk of mono, MS and certain cancers.

Dr. Henry H. Balfour, Jr., professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, has been working since 2007 on an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccine.

"Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of mono, was discovered in 1964 and yet here we are many decades later without a vaccine. And I think the reason for that is that people do not appreciate, first of all, how significant mono can be," Balfour said.

"The kissing disease"

Infectious mononucleosis is mostly spread through saliva. Some of the symptoms include a sore throat, fever and fatigue. Mono, also known as "the kissing disease," is a common illness for teenagers and young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EBV is the most common cause of mono.

"I just was not expecting it to be so horrible," said Caitlin Fujisawa of Minneapolis.

Fujisawa came down with mono last March at 28-years-old. It caused her face to swell and she also suffered from stomach pains and night sweats.

"I would lay out beach towels in our bed just so that when I sweat through my clothes and the beach towels, I could change out beach towels instead of sheets," Fujisawa recalled.

She was fighting mono for a month during her second year of medical school.

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