|22 weeks pregnant and exposed to cytomegalovirus
Nov 15, 2001
I am currently 22 weeks pregnant. I am an OB nurse who took care of a patient last week whose baby was found to be positive for CMV. Prognosis is not good for the baby. I took care of this patient through her whole labor and delivery. I cared for and gave the baby her first bath after delivery. I used universal precautions in everything I did. Do I have anything to worry about as far as me and the health of my baby goes?
Response from Dr. Luzuriaga
While CMV is one of the more common congenital infections, it is usually causes sequellae only in infants whose mothers acquire CMV infection for the first time during pregnancy. Universal precautions and good handwashing have been shown to be very effective in preventing the acquisition of CMV and are the recommended infection control procedures to prevent CMV acquisition.
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