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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsRespiratory Diseases · 1 decade ago

Please, tell me more about infections who are provocated with cytomegalovirus?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here is a bunch of information found on the site of the Center for Disease Control.

    CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life. Most infections with CMV are “silent,” meaning most people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms. However, CMV can cause disease in unborn babies and in people with a weakened immune system.

    CMV is a member of the herpesvirus family, which includes the herpes simplex viruses and the viruses that cause chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus) and infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr Virus).

    Who is at risk for CMV disease?

    Anyone can become infected with CMV. Most healthy adults and children who have a CMV infection will have few, if any, symptoms. However, certain groups are at higher risk of getting CMV disease. These groups include

    unborn babies who are infected during pregnancy

    people with a weakened (immunocompromised) immune system

    Risk of CMV infection is likely to be reduced by careful attention to good personal hygiene, such as hand washing.

    How is CMV spread?

    Person to person contact (such as, kissing, sexual contact, and getting saliva or urine on your hands and then touching your eyes, or the inside of your nose or mouth)

    Through the breast milk of an infected woman who is breast feeding

    Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their unborn babies

    Blood transfusions and organ transplantations

    CMV is sometimes found in body fluids, including urine, saliva (spit), breast milk, blood, tears, semen, and vaginal fluids. A person can become infected with CMV when they come in contact with infected body fluids. However, people who are CMV-positive (have been infected with CMV sometime in the past) usually do not have virus in these fluids, so the chance of getting a CMV infection from casual contact is very small.

    Contact with the saliva or urine of young children is a major cause of CMV infection among pregnant women.

    Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should follow hygienic practices (e.g., careful handwashing) to avoid CMV infection. Because young children are more likely to have CMV in their urine or saliva (spit) than are older children or adults, pregnant women who have young children or work with young children should be especially careful.

    What are the signs and symptoms of CMV?

    Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Others may develop a mild illness. Symptoms may include fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen glands. These symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses, so most people are not aware that they are infected with CMV.

    Most babies born with CMV (in other words, "congenital" CMV) never develop symptoms or disabilities. When babies do have symptoms, some can go away but others can be permanent.

    Examples of symptoms or disabilities caused by congenital (meaning present at birth) CMV:

    Temporary Symptoms Permanent Symptoms or Disabilities

    Liver problems

    Spleen problems

    Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)

    Purple skin splotches

    Lung problems

    Small size at birth

    Seizures

    Hearing loss

    Vision loss

    Mental disability

    Small head

    Lack of coordination

    Seizures

    Death

    In some children, symptoms do not appear until months or years after birth. The most common of these late-occurring symptoms are hearing loss and vision loss. Children with congenital CMV are more likely to have permanent disabilities and symptoms that get worse if they had symptoms of CMV infection at birth. But, some children who appear healthy at birth can develop hearing or vision loss over time due to congenital CMV. For this reason, if you know your baby was born with CMV, it is important to have her or him hearing and vision tested regularly.

    What health problems does CMV cause in babies?

    Hearing Loss

    Vision Loss

    Mental Disability

    Lung Problems

    Bleeding Problems

    Spleen Problems

    Liver Problems

    Growth Problems

    CMV can cause symptoms when the baby is born or later in the baby’s life. Most babies born with CMV never develop symptoms or disabilities. In some infants, hearing or vision loss occur months or years after birth.

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    epstein barr virus...according to this emedicine link

    http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic504.htm

    here is couple more links, not sure if exactly what you want

    http://www.projinf.org/fs/cmv.html

    http://www.thebody.com/pinf/cmv.html

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