Viral Infections

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalo virus (CMV) are common viral infections that affect many people. These viruses are everywhere and since your child’s immune system is weak, they can be serious for your child.

  • If your child picks up EBV or CMV, he may show no signs. Or he may show signs of tiredness, muscle aches or fever. Young children may complain of stomach pain, cramping and diarrhea. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child shows any of these signs.
  • If your child shows signs of EBV or CMV, he may need to come to the hospital. Your doctor will talk with you about treatment. This may include anti-viral medicine or stopping your child’s immunosuppressants for a while.
  • A test for EBV and CMV is done every other week for the first six months after a liver transplant to monitor for these viruses. The test has to be shipped overnight to a specialty lab for processing. For this reason, EBV tests are collected on Mondays.