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Can cytomegalovirus infections be transmitted to my family members?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It is transmitted most often by mouth-to-mouth kissing. Most people have already met CMV (and thus you cannot make them sick again), and many continue to shed the organism on and off for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Rarely: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a herpes family virus, which is often passed by direct contact. The most common form is infectious mononucleolsis which is caused by CMV infection -- and it is passed by direct physical contact. So, it depends what the type of disease you have and what their immune system is like. In general, nearly 80% of people have immunity to cmv, which means they have been exposed.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

How are cytomegalovirus infections transmitted?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It is transmitted most often by mouth-to-mouth kissing. Most people have already met CMV (and thus you cannot make them sick again), and many continue to shed the organism on and off for the rest of their lives. Pope john paul ii and others have caught CMV from transfused blood, a known minor risk; it's not life-threatening to reasonably healthy folks.

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