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cmv

cytomegalovirus (CMV)

introduction

  • CMV is a member of the Herpesviridae family
  • ~60% of western populations have been infected with CMV, most are asymptomatic, but it may become reactivated if T-cell immunity falls

primary CMV infection

  • if symptomatic, incubation period is 9-60 days
  • may cause:

CMV infection in the immunocompromised

CMV reactivation

  • CMV normally remains dormant but may become reactivated if T-ltmphocyte mediated immunity becomes compromised as in:
  • CMV viraemia may then lead to:
    • severe pneumonitis
    • secondary haemophagocytic syndrome
cmv.txt · Last modified: 2014/06/02 21:17 (external edit)