You may find CMV-related antibodies in your blood. If CMV reactivates, the baby’s risk is modest. Amniocentesis may be required in CMV-positive pregnant mothers.
The doctor will test the infant within three weeks if they suspect congenital CMV. CMV testing beyond three weeks is inconclusive since the baby may have received the infection after birth.
CMV testing includes vision and hearing. Those with a weak immune system should be checked even if the virus isn’t active.
There is no CMV vaccine currently. First-time CMV patients may take OTC pain relievers, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, or aspirin to ease symptoms and should drink lots of water. Moreover, congenital or recurrent CMV may be treated with antivirals like ganciclovir.
These drugs have side effects. However, organ damage may need hospitalization. Newborns may also require hospitalization until organ functions normalize.