How is the rash associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infectious mononucleosis (mono) characterized?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The rash of EBV infectious mononucleosis occurs in the first few days and is transient, mild, and evanescent. The early rash of EBV infectious mononucleosis is easily missed by patients and physicians. The causes of heterophile-negative infectious mononucleosis are usually unaccompanied by a rash, except for acute HIV infection, which has a rash indistinguishable from EBV primary infection.


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