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What Causes Cytomegalovirus

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can cause an opportunistic infection (see Fact Sheet 500 .) The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85% of the US population tests positive for CMV by the time they are 40 years old. A healthy immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses are weak, CMV...
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CYTOMEGALOVIRUS

CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT ON THIS INFECTION...MY 15 YR OLD NIECE HAS CONTACTED IT AND NOW HER NEW BABY HAS IT AND IS NOW DEAF? PLEASE HELP MY FAMILY AND I UNDERSTAND THIS.THANK YOU...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Active cytomegalovirus infection in the mother especially early in pregnancy can cause a number of different types of birth defects in newborn infants including hearing loss, mental retardation, growth retardation, visual disturbances, and... Read more »

What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?

"What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?"...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus which most HIV-infected individuals have been exposed to, and which can reactivate and cause disease when you become immunosuppressed, almost always when your CD4 cell count has fallen below 50.The most common form... Read more »

cytomegalovirus/ Congenital

My friend has had a son born with CMV. It was contracted whilst in the womb and has been born with CMV and has been diagnosed as being deaf in one ear, moderate learning disabilities, delayed speech etc. Do you have any information on long term...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Congenital CMV causes exactly the kinds of problems that have already been diagnosed in this child. Children born with CMV may excrete the virus (in urine, for example) for months to years, and so can be a source of infection to others. Since I am... Read more »

22 weeks pregnant and exposed to cytomegalovirus

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...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
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... Read more »
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