Cytomegalovirus (CMV); Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

What happens in the body during cytomegalovirus infection?

What happens in the body during cytomegalovirus infection?

As noted above, the first thing that happens when you get infected with the cytomegalovirus is that the virus reaches the cells and uses their replication machinery. Inclusion bodies form to collect the replicated material, and it can be seen under the microscope like owl’s eyes in the cell.

Cytomegalovirus then destroys the cells and releases the viral material to keep infecting more nearby cells. In most cases, this process is controlled by natural immunity, and immune cells react against the virus, and the infection subsides. But immunocompromised hosts do not create this natural defense. The infection spreads in inner organs, especially the lungs, the liver, the central nervous system, and the gastrointestinal tract.

Written by Greg M. Wilcox

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