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Overview

Cytomegalovirus (sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus), or CMV, is a common virus that is generally harmless to people with healthy immune systems.  In fact, most people have been exposed to CMV at some point in their lives without realizing it.  Learn more about CMV, its symptoms, how it is transmitted, and how to talk to your doctor about CMV.

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Cytomegalovirus (sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus) or CMV, is a member of the herpesvirus family. Coming into contact with the CMV virus is a common occurrence and is typically harmless to the general population.

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Pregnancy… quite possibly one of the most significant, exciting health experiences that a woman can have, but also one that can cause anxiety, stress, and concern for the welfare of her unborn baby.

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Transmission

Transmission of CMV is very rare through casual contact. CMV is spread from one person to another, usually by direct and prolonged contact with bodily fluids, including saliva, urine, and breast milk.

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Signs & Symptoms

Most children and adults who contract CMV will not experience any symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Others may develop a mild illness, or may have any of the following symptoms.

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Prevention Tips

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. Learn how to practice standard prevention methods to mitigate the risk of acquiring CMV during pregnancy.

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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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