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Cytomegalo virus Treatment at sunridge medicalCytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that most people don’t realize they have. It can infect almost anyone, however it rarely causes any symptoms. If you are infected with CMV, your body will harbor the virus for life, however if you are healthy it will remain dormant. If you have a weakened immune system or become pregnant, there may be cause of concern. Cytomegalovirus is contracted through body fluids. It is transferred through saliva, urine, semen, breast milk and blood.
If you are pregnant with Cytomegalovirus, there is a low risk of passing the virus to the baby through congenital CMV. If the baby does contract CMV and they appear healthy at birth, they may develop symptoms over time. The most common of these late occurring symptoms is hearing loss or vision impairment. If the baby is born sick, with congenital CMV at birth they will have many noticeable symptoms. Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, purple skin splotches, low birth weight, seizures, pneumonia, enlarged spleen or enlarged and poor functioning liver.

Cytomegalovirus Symptoms in Immuno-Compromised Patients

In most cases, when first infected, some patients have symptoms mistaken for mononucleosis including fatigue, fever and muscle aches. However, mononucleosis comes from the Epstein Barr Virus while CMV is related to the herpes virus family.

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