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What is cytomegalovirus (CMV)?

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection in the herpes virus group. It's very common. Although there's no cure for CMV, it gets better on its own very quickly and doesn’t cause serious problems -- unless you’re pregnant and it spreads to your baby. About 1 in 5 babies born with congenital CMV will get sick or have long-term issues from it, including:

  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Jaundice
  • Small birth size
  • Lung problems
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mental disabilities

From: What Is TORCH Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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