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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Cytomegalovirus Infection

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Do a lot of people get cytomegalovirus infection?

Do a lot of people get cytomegalovirus infection?

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 more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Infection (Definition)

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


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What is the best way to treat acute cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the best way to treat 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

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Are some people more prone to getting cytomegalovirus infection?

Yes: This is not a very infectious organism. It requires a host that is immunusupressed in some way. More likely in uncontrolled diabetics, aids patients and cancer patients on chemo. With a normal immune system infection is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do about acute cytomegalovirus infection?

Is there anything i can do about acute cytomegalovirus infection?

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

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Do lots of people get cytomegalovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cytomegalovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Pretty common: Most people have been exposed to the virus, but it generally only causes serious side effects in pregnant women (well on their unborn babies), young babies or immunocompromised individuals (those undergoing transplants, those who have cancer). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection?

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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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 more

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Can a cytomegalovirus infection cause infertility?

Can a cytomegalovirus infection cause infertility?

CMV and Fertility: While CMV can increase the risk for birth defects, it does not affect the ability to conceive. Cmv positive blood tests are quite common. Take the details for a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility for advice. ...Read more

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How long should a fever last with cytomegalovirus infection?

How long should a fever last with cytomegalovirus infection?

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 more

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If you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the antibody count lower?

If you treat a cytomegalovirus infection, does the antibody count lower?

Not likely: CMV hardly ever needs treatment. The exceptions are infection in newborns and those with immune deficiency. Treatment is not likely to affect antibody titers. ...Read more

Dr. John Botti
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Cmv Infection (Definition)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is an illness caused by infection with the cytomegalovirus. The virus can infect a wide range of organs, including the eyes, the digestive tract, ...Read more