Patient Comments: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection - Prevention

Question:

Please share tips and suggestions for preventing CMV.

Comment from: Nurse9891, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I am 27 year old female and was starting to get really bad back aches which then turned into fevers, and then I got the fatigue, night sweats and headache. I found out that I had CMV (cytomegalovirus). I am also a nurse and know you can’t tell when and how you got the infection, however it’s nothing to truly worry about. It does take a long time to heal, maybe even up to 2 months, completely. I am on my 3rd week almost and I’m getting better day by day. The trick is taking care of your body, and have sleep and fluid!

Comment from: slp, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was a speech pathologist working with children who had poor hygiene. I assumed that I contracted CMV (cytomegalovirus) from a particular child who was a real mess. The school system agreed and I received my full salary during the several months I was unable to return to work. Around that time, the New England journal of medicine printed an article stating that women of child bearing age should not work in day care centers because of the prevalence of CMV.

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