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Are you having a fever? – Cytomegalovirus Symptoms Checker

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a disease widespread around the globe. Although most of the time, it is a mild affection. This disease could cause severe complications, especially in newborns or people with a weak immune system.

Cytomegalovirus is a DNA virus member of the Herpesviridae family. It has a relation to the viruses that cause oral and genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles, and many more. Like other viruses in this family, this particular virus can infect and persist for a lifetime within the person. Therefore, once someone gets this virus, it will persist in its body forever.

The estimation is that a little more than half of the United States population has had contact with the virus. This statistic goes even higher in particular groups, as males that have sex with males. Approximately nine of every ten males of that specific population acquire the virus.

People tend to get this disease as they grow older throughout time. For example, a third of the children aging between six and eleven years have had this infection. This contrasts with more than 90% of people having this infection when they reach eighty years.

When people acquire this virus, most often than not, they would not develop any symptoms. Yet, when they do, it is a mononucleosis syndrome. This is very similar to the one caused by another virus, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

A syndrome is a constellation of signs and symptoms that together characterize a disease. Well, for someone with mononucleosis syndrome, nowadays, the only way to discriminate between EBV and CMV is through blood exams.

However, the infection would be different for newborns and people with a weak immune system. It could be more severe and cause complications in both of them. Sadly, CMV can affect nearly every body organ. Consequently, it has several possible ways to manifest.

That is why it is important to take a closer look into populations at higher risk of developing complications because of CMV.

This is a Cytomegalovirus Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this infection.

Cytomegalovirus infection in most people does not cause any symptoms. When they do exist, they are flu-like symptoms or mononucleosis syndrome. However, this is only true for people with a well-functioning immune system. People with a weakened immune system are at risk of having multiple manifestations because CMV can affect several body organs. However, the retina (inner layer of the eye) and the lungs are amongst the most affected ones.

The Cytomegalovirus symptoms checker has questions that aim to find this infection in people with a good immune system; therefore, it aims to detect a mononucleosis syndrome. Remember that if it is positive, it does not necessarily mean you have CMV infection because only a blood exam can differentiate it from VEB.

This tool will also carry the most important risk factors for having a severe CMV infection. It will also contain some of the most common manifestations of complications because of CMV infection in people with a weak immune system. So, it could similarly result in positive in this scenario too.

Remember that this tool does not replace the doctor’s adequate assessment or the necessary blood examinations (PCR or ELISA). Yet, this tool can talk about the likelihood of someone having mononucleosis syndrome, which could be due to a CMV infection. On the other hand, it could also be positive for someone with strong risk factors for the disease and symptoms of complications.

  • Question of

    Do you have thirty years or more?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you are a male that has sex with males?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have been diagnosed with HIV?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have three or more sexual partners a year, and you tend to have sex without condom protection?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a recipient of organ or bone marrow transplantation?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you daily receive high-dose steroids, tumor necrosis antagonists, or other immunosuppressing medications for any of these diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or psoriasis, among others?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you tend to attend to, or do you work in a daycare center?

    • Yes
    • No
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    In the last two months, do you have received blood transfusions? Or do you have received more than ten transfusions in your life?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than one week with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have malaise?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you consider that this malaise is very severe?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have swollen glands or bumps within your neck, head, or armpits?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have head and overall body aches?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a skin rash in your body? (It would be a rose-red flat or slightly elevated eruption, showing round or oval sores varying in diameter from 1 to 3 mm)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did this skin rash appear after taking an antibiotic? (The antibiotic would mostly be a penicillin, which includes penicillin V, penicillin G, amoxicillin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, ampicillin, nafcillin, oxacillin, dicloxacillin, etc.)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with HIV, and now you have a decrease in your sight or small dark shapes or squiggly lines that float across your vision?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have been diagnosed with HIV, or have been organ transplanted within three months, or take daily treatments (like steroids) that decrease the immune system? Also, do you have a fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath? (Click yes if your answer is positive to both questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with HIV, or have been organ transplanted within three months, or take daily treatments (like steroids) that decrease the immune system? Also, do you have abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomits? (Click yes if your answer is positive to both questions)

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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