A story of premature birth and the NICU roller coaster

CMV…what is it, who’s at risk, prevention

on September 22, 2012

I was tested for cmv after delivering a preemie who was later diagnosed with it…I was neg but had immunity built up. They also checked the retina to see if he got it via birth canal and this was also negative. I’m still angry and confused as now it is 8 months since my son died in the nicu and the only explanation is he got it via blood transfusion from the nicu which was later taken back and blamed on me despite evidence to the contrary. Cmv awareness is key.


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus.

CMV is part of the herpes family of viruses. As with most other herpes-type viruses, once you are infected with CMV, it will remain inactive in your body for the rest of your life. CMV causes few symptoms in most people.

CMV is spread through bodily fluids, such as saliva and urine. It can be passed on through close bodily contact. For example, the infection can be found in small droplets of saliva which are spread from one person to another when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

As at today there is no cure for CMV  Anyone can become infected with CMV. Almost all people have been exposed to CMV by the time they reach adulthood.and is one of the most common viral infections.

 symptoms of CMV infection

Most children and adults who are infected with CMV do not develop symptoms. Those who develop symptoms may experience an illness resembling infectious mononucleosis…

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