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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Antibodies, IgM

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Antibodies, IgM

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes virus family that includes the two well-known herpes viruses, I and II, the chickenpox virus, and the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). These viruses infect humans, stay in the body till the end. When infected, it may produce symptoms indistinguishable from infectious mononucleosis, such as fever, fatigue, muscle aches, enlarged spleen and liver inflammation. IgM is an antibody. Antibodies are proteins produced by our immune system when we have some kind of infection. IgM antibodies do not persist in the blood for more than a few months. A high level of IgM antibodies indicates a recent (acute) infection. Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.