Cytomegalovirus

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Most CMV infections are silent, meaning most people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cytomegalovirus or CMV is a virus that infects cells and causes them to become enlarged. Many people are infected with CMV and dont even know it. CMV usually causes no long-term problems. However, CMV can cause problems in a newborn if the mother gets the infection during pregnancy.

CMV is only spread through contact with an infected persons body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen or breast milk. It can also be sexually transmitted.

Usually, there are no symptoms. A few people will have symptoms that are similar to mononucleosis such as a sore throat, fever, headache and being tired. People who have weakened immune systems may have severe symptoms.

There is no vaccine for CMV. Because CMV is a virus, antibiotics wont work. If your bodys immune system is normal, your body should be able to control the infection. If your immune system is weakened, your doctor may use one of several different medicines to treat CMV infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.