How are cytomegalovirus infections transmitted?

Yes. It is transmitted most often by mouth-to-mouth kissing. Most people have already met CMV (and thus you cannot make them sick again), and many continue to shed the organism on and off for the rest of their lives. Pope john paul ii and others have caught CMV from transfused blood, a known minor risk; it's not life-threatening to reasonably healthy folks.

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Does cytomegalovirus infections commonly occur in the us?

Yes. Almost everyone will eventually show blood test results of having had CMV infection sometime in their life. Most people never knew they had it. Read more...

Can cytomegalovirus infections be transmitted to my family members?

Yes. It is transmitted most often by mouth-to-mouth kissing. Most people have already met CMV (and thus you cannot make them sick again), and many continue to shed the organism on and off for the rest of their lives. Read more...
Rarely. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a herpes family virus, which is often passed by direct contact. The most common form is infectious mononucleolsis which is caused by CMV infection -- and it is passed by direct physical contact. So, it depends what the type of disease you have and what their immune system is like. In general, nearly 80% of people have immunity to cmv, which means they have been exposed. Read more...

Where am I more likely to come into contact with cytomegalovirus infections?

Oral fluid and blood. Oral fluid of a person infected with CMV may have live virus that can be transmitted to non-infected persons. Uncommonly, blood transfusion may transmit cmv. Read more...

Can cytomegalovirus infections be fatal?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Are the elderly more acceptable to cytomegalovirus infections?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Will hygiene improve the chances of avoiding cytomegalovirus infections?

Yes. Good hygiene including hand washing is important in reducing the transmission of pathogens like cytomegalovirus. The good news is that this virus is so common that most people have antibodies against it. Patients with compromised immune systems can be more susceptible, so good hygiene is very important. Read more...
May be. By age 22 you probably already have been infected with cmv. If you are so inclined, you could get tested to see if you have been exposed to the virus. CMV is ubiquitous and harmless in healthy people. Read more...

Does cytomegalovirus infections have preventative medication that I can use?

Unfortunately not. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection that can cause flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals. Most of the time, it doesn't require treatment. If you are immune-suppressed or have other health conditions, 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 to the virus so reinfection cannot occur. Read more...