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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infects about 3/4 of adults in the U.S. by age 40 and is also the virus most frequently transmitted to a child before birth. Along with Epstein-Barr virus, it is also a cause of mononucleosis syndrome with prolonged fever and mild hepatitis. Once a person becomes infected, the virus remains alive and usually dormant within that person's body for life. Recurrent disease rarely occurs unless the person's immune system is suppressed due to therapeutic drugs or disease. CMV infection is a concern because of the risk of infection to the unborn baby, people who work with children, and immuno-deficient people such as transplant recipients and those with HIV. CMV is a member of the herpes virus group, which also includes herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles) and, as mentioned, Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis). These viruses share a characteristic ability to remain dormant within the body over a long period reaching an accommodation with the immune.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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