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Are the elderly more acceptable to cytomegalovirus infections?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Yes, potentially: Any patient with a compromised immune system can be more susceptible to a range of infections, including cytomegalovirus. The good news is that most people have built in immunity to it.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Possibly: CMV infections affected people who are debilitated or have an immune system that is not fully functional. Older people are more susceptible to infections of any type because their immune system does not work quite as effectively as that of a younger person. This goes for all infections, though, not just cmv.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes & no: While the elderly can be vulnerable to any new viral infection most are immune from having it in childhood. The most vulnerable group are fetuses who get infected when their mothers get their primary infection during pregnancy. This can result in an infant who has major organ damage, brain damage & progressive hearing loss.

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