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Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus: Introduction

Cytomegalovirus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a very common virus that infects approximately one-half of all young adults in the United States. It rarely causes ... more about Cytomegalovirus.

Cytomegalovirus: A easily transmissible viral infection that is common but generally causes no symptoms except in infants and people with weakened immune systems. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Cytomegalovirus is available below.

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Causes of Cytomegalovirus

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Prognosis for Cytomegalovirus

Prognosis for Cytomegalovirus: Most people infected with CMV show no symptoms and have a good outcome. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Cytomegalic Inclusion Body Disease (CIBD) Information Page: NINDS) ... Like other herpesvirus infections, CMV is incurable; people are infected with it for life. Although the virus usually remains in an inactive state, it can reactivate from time to time. (Source: excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... for the vast majority of people, CMV infection is not a serious problem. (Source: excerpt from Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection: DVRD)

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Prevention of Cytomegalovirus

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a very common virus that infects approximately one-half of all young adults in the United States. It rarely causes serious consequences except in people with suppressed or impaired immune systems or in infants, whose immune systems are still developing. The virus, a member of the herpesvirus family, is found in saliva, urine, and other bodily fluids. Because it is often found in semen as well as in cervical secretions, the virus can be spread by sexual contact; it also can be easily spread by other forms of physical contact such as kissing. Day-care center staff for children under the age of 3 are at increased risk of CMV infection and should carefully wash their hands after changing diapers. Like other herpesvirus infections, CMV is incurable; people are infected with it for life. Although the virus usually remains in an inactive state, it can reactivate from time to time. (Source: excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Definitions of Cytomegalovirus:

A genus of the family HERPESVIRIDAE, subfamily BETAHERPESVIRINAE, infecting the salivary glands, liver, spleen, lungs, eyes, and other organs, in which they produce characteristically enlarged cells with intranuclear inclusions. Infection with Cytomegalovirus is also seen as an opportunistic infection in AIDS. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Any of a group of herpes viruses that enlarge epitheltial cells and can cause birth defects; can affect humans with impaired immunological systems - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Cytomegalovirus is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Cytomegalovirus, or a subtype of Cytomegalovirus, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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