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BREAKING NEWS: CMV Stealing Headlines from Zika

While we still have a few more weeks left in 2016, CMV has amassed unseen press coverage and has finally crossed the screens and desks of millions of readers. And, interesting to note, the variety of media outlets covering CMV speaks to the variety of readership and viewership that they serve. Today, we wanted to present to you what we consider perhaps the “greatest hits” of CMV media coverage thus far in 2016. So whether you like your news millennial mommy blogger style or hard and heavy science, there’s CMV media coverage that speaks to you and, very likely, those who think and read like you.

What is CMV?

Cytomegalovirus, commonly referred to as CMV, is a member of the herpesvirus family. It is common and typically harmless to the general population – between 50 and 80 percent of people in the United States have had a CMV infection before the age of 40. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life.

CMV is the most common viral infection that infants are born with in the United States. Approximately 1-4 percent of uninfected women have a primary (or first) CMV infection during a pregnancy, and about 40 percent of women who become infected with CMV for the first time during pregnancy pass the virus to their babies.


CMV is preventable! Every pregnant woman is at risk for acquiring CMV.

There are simple and effective prevention measures you and your loved ones can take to mitigate the risk of CMV transmission during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about CMV.

Congenital CMV

CMV can present a critical problem for babies who are infected with CMV before birth, referred to as congenital CMV.  Roughly 30,000 children are born with congenital CMV each year, and more than 5,000 children suffer from permanent problems.