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Prevention

CMV is most commonly contracted through contact with the bodily fluids of a person carrying an active CMV infection.  For pregnant women, women who might become pregnant, or women who work with young children, it is imperative to practice CMV precautions in order to avoid exposure to CMV.  

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Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is very common among healthy children one to three years of age who are at high risk for contracting CMV or other viruses from their peers. It is most commonly transferred through contact with the saliva of a person carrying an active CMV infection.


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Caretaker Precautions

Women with young children, or who work with young children, may be at greater risk for contracting cytomegalovirus, or CMV, during pregnancy. Studies in child-care settings suggest that as many as 75% of toddler-aged children have CMV in their urine or saliva.


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Screening

Know your risk! Every woman of childbearing age should know her CMV status. Women can be tested for CMV prior to pregnancy. Before you plan to conceive, ask your doctor to have a blood sample drawn for a CMV IgG and IgM antibody tests.


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Diagnosis

CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic class, and most people have been exposed to CMV at some point in their lifetime without their knowledge.


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