What is the treatment for cytomegalovirus infection (CMV)?

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There is no cure for cytomegalovirus Infection (CMV) infection. Good hygiene, including proper hand washing, is recommended to avoid transmission from one person to the other. Individuals who work with young children should avoid sharing drinking glasses and utensils, and carefully throw away diapers, tissues, and other items contaminated with body fluids. Antiviral drugs, such as ganciclovir and acyclovir, are used to prevent infection in immune-compromised people or to reduce their "viral load" (the amount of virus they have in their body). High titer immunoglobulin (IVIG, CytoGam) is also used in acutely infected individuals with some impaired immunity. Vaccines for CMV are in the development and trial stages with good indications from clinical studies in humans that they can help prevent primary infection or modify symptoms.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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