Annyeong!! This is my very first blog post so i will just give a brief introduction as to what Cytomegalovirus is =)
So, what is Cytomegalovirus? Cytomegalovirus (CMV), also known as Human Herpesvirus-5, is a very common virus that infects people of all ages. As the name suggests, it is under the Herpesviruses family. Majority of the people who are infected by CMV do not show any signs or symptoms and this is what we call subclinical infection. There are, however, some that developed illness and have symptoms such as fever, sore throat, fatigue and swollen glands.
The following picture shows a Cytomegalovirus infection:
This virus can also cause Congenital CMV Infection which i will talk about another time.
The Cytomegalovirus can be transmitted through:
- Breast Milk
- Sexual Intercourse
- Organ Transplant
- Blood Transfusion
According to CDC, about 1-4 of every 100 women who have never been infected with CMV have a primary (first) CMV infection during pregnancy. About one third of women (33 of every 100) who become infected with CMV for the first time during a pregnancy will pass the infection to their infant. They are usually infected through sexual contact or contact with urine or saliva of infected children. The CMV may then infect the fetus of the pregnant women by crossing over the placenta and infects the fetus’s blood.
The very first question to ask yourself when you get infected: “Is there any treatment for it?” Unfortunately, there are no licensed treatments for pregnant women who are infected. Licensed treatments effective against CMV infection have serious side effects and is not approved for pregnant women. Scientists are working on vaccines and finding ways to prevent Congenital CMV infection