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Acute Cytomegalovirus Infection
Usually no need to: Treat. Most people have had CMV infection and in otherwise healthy people, it may cause, at worst, a flu like illness and does not need treatment. If a person has other complicating issues, especially immune deficiency then it would need the expertise of an infectious disease expert. It is not a do-it-yourself issue. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
CME: no treatment is currently recommended in healthy individuals whose immune systems are normal. Antiviral drugs are recommended in patients with depressed immunity who have either sight related or life threatening illness due to CMV infection. For more information log onto CDC.gov and search for CMV ...Read more
50-80%: More than half the people have been infected with CMV and carry the virus in their white blood cells. Some people experience a mono like illness at initial infection. Among adults, usually only immunosuppressed people get the disease due to infection. Primary infection in the mother, while pregnant, can have devastating consequences for the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 2-6 weeks.: Transmission of CMV may not even involve any symptoms, let alone fever. If it does occur, clinical illness from cmv, which is most commonly manifested by mononucleosis in normal hosts beyond the neonatal periode, lasts 2-6 weeks, and can include prolonged high fevers, chills, malaise, and fatigue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the likelihood that my child will be born premature if I have a cytomegalovirus infection?
Unlikely, but...: CMV infections are often asymptomatic in mothers and if acquired for the first time early in pregnancy, may in some cases lead to serious newborn effects. The majority of children of CMV + moms will be asymptomatic or unaffected, but about 10% will have a certain tye of hearing loss, dental problems and/or temporary infalmmation of the eye. If you have acute CMV during pregnancy, confer with a maternal fetal medicine specialist about potential interventions to protect the unborn baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CMV: Most infections are subclinical and/or self-limited and do not require treatment. Ganciclovir is generally reserved for infections in the immune suppressed person. ...Read more
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