Wanted: Cytomegalovirus

By: Kara Schmidt

CMV (Cytomegalovirus)

It is a virus.
Scientific Name: Cytomegalovirus

How its passed.

CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.

Victims and Cases Per Year

Most healthy children and adults do not experience any symptoms after infection with CMV. People with a weakened immune system or have HIV or AIDS, CMV can cause serious disease.

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 cause serious diseases like hepatitis or encephalitis (is inflammation of the brain). CMV also can attack specific organs. It is related to the viruses that cause chickenpox and infectious mononucleosis also related to the group of herpes viruses

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.


Once infected with CMV, your body retains the virus for life. However, CMV usually remains dormant if you're healthy.


Practical self-care steps, such as getting plenty of rest, should be enough for your body to control the infection.
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.

Understanding CMV