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Cytomegalovirus Residence In Developing Country
Am I more likely to contract cytomegalovirus infections in developed or under developed countries?
Many: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has many manifestations. Some of the symptoms depend upon age and some based on underlying health. Two groups are particularly vulnerable: babies and immunocomprimised patients. Any body part can be affected; teens and adults typically show fatigue, fever, stomach ache, swollen glands, or even no symptoms. Babies can suffer develpmental problems, hearing and vision problems. ...Read more
A DNA virus: Of the herpesviridae family. Very common and usually asymptomatic, unless infects immunocompromised hosts when it becomes a pathogen. Similar to other herpes viruses, primary infection results in establishment of a persistent/latent infection with reactivation in response to different stimuli. See http://www.Cdc.G. ...Read more
CMV cytomegalovirus: CMV is a common virus that is part of the family of herpes viruses. It infects most people at some point in their lives. It can be spread to children through body fluids like saliva, tears, urine, blood, and even breast milk. It is often transmitted during diaper changes, while bathing, and during other close contact. Teenagers and adults transmit the virus through kissing and sexual intercourse. ...Read more
Depends : Lab values and their clinical implications (how it may indicate infection or disease) varies from lab to lab. It also has different meaning based on the health and age of the patient. Most of us are infected by CMV by adulthood. CMV infection is dangerous to unborn babies and immunosuppressed (on chemotherapy) or immunocompromised (HIV) patients where it can cause brain @ retina (eye) infections. ...Read more
Depends: There's no cure for cmv, and treatment for the virus generally isn't necessary or recommended for healthy children and adults. But if you are immunocompromised due to HIV or treatment after organ transplantation, you may need an antiviral med, such as ganciclovir, depending on where the infection is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been diagnosed with cytomegalovirus. I've been put on medication called valavir. How likely am i to pass it to my partner?
Primary infection: If a women acquires CMV infection during pregnancy, the virus infects the fetus and causes severe injury to multiple organs and may cause fetal death. If a woman get CMV infections, as most of us do during childhood, and becomes pregnant later, the fetus is not affected, even though the virus persists in the body of the woman for the rest of her life. ...Read more
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