Our latest blog delves into cytomegalovirus(CMV), exploring symptoms and risks associated with healthy and immunocompromised individuals. If you want to answer the question, "Could it be Cytomegalovirus?" read below to learn more!
Cytomegalovirus, often called CMV, is a prevalent virus that doesn't discriminate—affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. This virus is a member of the herpes family and can remain dormant in the body for years before reactivating. While there is currently no cure for CMV, antiviral medications can help manage and control the symptoms, and preventive measures like hand washing and avoiding contact with bodily fluids from infected individuals effectively reduce the risk of transmission. Together we can increase awareness and understanding of CMV and work towards reducing its impact on vulnerable populations.
Regarding CMV, a range of symptoms can be present, while healthy individuals often experience no symptoms. One of the difficulties with CMV is that many people contracting the virus are asymptomatic and thus remain unaware of their infection. However, immunocompromised individuals, such as those with HIV/AIDS, organ transplant recipients, or those undergoing chemotherapy, are susceptible to developing illnesses such as pneumonitis or retinitis. These individuals must take preventative measures, such as practicing good hygiene and avoiding close contact with others who may be infected, to reduce their risk of contracting CMV.
Common symptoms of cytomegalovirus may often include:
In more severe cases, CMV can result in vision problems, hearing loss, and even neurological issues. It's important to note that many of these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses, so it's crucial to consult a healthcare provider if you are experiencing any. Most people with CMV can avoid long-term complications with early detection and treatment.
Congenital CMV is transmitted from a pregnant woman to her child. 1 in 3 pregnant women infected with CMV will pass it on to their expecting child. It’s the most common viral infection infants can acquire while still in the uterus, affecting about one in every 200 newborns. While most infants with CMV are asymptomatic, some may develop severe and potentially life-threatening complications such as hearing or vision loss, developmental disabilities, microcephaly (small head), and seizures. Infants born with symptomatic CMV are at higher risk for these complications than those who are asymptomatic.
Also, congenital CMV can lead to more immediate dangers, such as premature birth, low birth weight, and even fetal death. Therefore, pregnant women must be aware of the potential dangers and take preventive measures. The power of early detection and appropriate treatment cannot be overstressed!
If you've never been infected with CMV and are curious about joining a study, now is your chance to seize the day! Rainier Clinical Research Center has CMV vaccine studies for women enrolling now. Women that qualify and participate may have access to doctors and other medical professionals at no cost and receive compensation for time and travel. So why wait? Visit our website or call our toll-free number at 888-478-8343 to inquire more!
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