Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common herpes-type virus that can cause
fever, chills, sore throat, swollen glands, body aches, and fatigue. Symptoms
are similar to those of an Epstein-Barr viral infection, which is the primary
cause of mononucleosis (mono).
CMV can be spread through saliva, infected blood products, and
sexual contact with an infected person.
Normally, healthy people have few, if any, symptoms. But the
illness can be much more severe in people who have impaired immune systems
(such as those who have cancer or AIDS). Also, a baby can get CMV from the
mother during pregnancy or by coming into contact with her body fluids during
birth. This can result in severe brain injury and other health problems.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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