Cytomegalovirus, a silent infection

When diagnosed early, babies with  congenital CMV can be treated with antiviral medicine. PHOTOS/INTERNET

What you need to know:

  • Over half of adults are believed to have been infected with Cytomegalovirus or CMV by age 40. Most people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms. When a baby is born with cytomegalovirus (t is called congenital CMV

It is quite frustrating, that, after giving birth you discover your child is suffering from an illness that could have been avoided if it had been detected during the antenatal visits. 
That was the case with Alice (name withheld), an HIV positive mother, after the birth of her second born.
“I wish I had known, maybe it could have prepared me for what the future held,” she reveals. 


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