By: Kara Schmidt
Scientific Name: Cytomegalovirus
How its passed.
Victims and Cases Per Year
Estimated that more than half of the adult population in the United States is infected with CMV, and 80% of adults have had the infection by the time they are 40 years old. About 1 in 150 children are born with CMV infection.
Diseases and symptoms caused by CMV
CMV can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy. The virus in the mother’s blood crosses over the placenta and infects the fetus’ blood.Most babies with CMV infection at birth never have health problems. But in some babies, CMV infection causes health problems that may be apparent at birth or may develop later during infancy or childhood.
Some symptoms are Pneumonia, Diarrhea, Ulcers in the digestive system and it could possibly causing bleeding, behavioral changes, Seizures, Coma. It can also cause blindness.
Ganciclovir and foscarnet are both antiviral medications that have been used to treat patients with weak immune systems who develop a serious illness from CMV.
Parts Of The Body It Mostly Attacks.
It attacks every part of the body but it mostly attacks the eyes, lungs, gastrointestinal, and the brain.