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Can cytomegalovirus infections be fatal?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses.
. CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Cmv can cause serious disease in people with a weakened immune system and in such instances could be fatal.

In brief: Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses.
. CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Cmv can cause serious disease in people with a weakened immune system and in such instances could be fatal.
Dr. Yale Kanter
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Allison Greco
General Practice

In brief: Usually not

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection that can cause flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals & it doesn't require treatment.
If you are immune-suppressed, the infection may become more severe, requiring treatment. Antiviral agents may shorten the course of illness but will not cure it. There is no prevention for cmv. Once infected, the body develops antibodies so reinfection cannot occur.

In brief: Usually not

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection that can cause flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals & it doesn't require treatment.
If you are immune-suppressed, the infection may become more severe, requiring treatment. Antiviral agents may shorten the course of illness but will not cure it. There is no prevention for cmv. Once infected, the body develops antibodies so reinfection cannot occur.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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