Are the elderly more acceptable to cytomegalovirus infections?

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.
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.
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.

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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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
Nope. Unless you are immunocompromised, and you can take prophylactic gangiclovir.

I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to complications with cytomegalovirus infections?

Probably not. Though diabetes patients are more susceptible to infection in general, CMV complications do not seem to be more common in diabetic patients. CMV complications are more commonly seen in HIV patients, post-transplant patients and the critically ill.
Diabetes and CMV. If your diabetes is well controlled, your immune system functions well, and you will be able to fight CMV effectively. However, if you have poorly controlled diabetes, you may be more susceptible to certain infections, such as cmv. Work with your primary doctor and/or endocrinologist to optimize your blood sugar control, and control of your blood pressure and cholesterol. Eat a healthy diet.

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.

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.
Among hiv. Or other immunocompromised people. Rare in healthy or treated aids.

Are there people more susceptible to cytomegalovirus infections?

Immunosuppressed. Immunosuppressed individuals, e.g., aids, transplant recipients, premature newborns are more susceptible to pathogenic effects of cmv.