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How does cytomegalovirus (CMV) spread?

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It's possible to get it by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after contact with an infected person's:

You can also get it through sex, blood transfusions, and organ transplants.

An infant can get it from their mother before birth or from breastfeeding.

  • Saliva
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Blood
  • Urine
  • Breast milk

From: What Is Cytomegalovirus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions about CMV," "About CMV," "You Can Prevent CMV."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "Cytomegalovirus."

eMedicine: "Cytomegalovirus."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cytomegalovirus."

UCSF Center for HIV Information: "Cytomegalovirus and HIV."

National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements: "Valganciclovir."

FDA. News Release.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions about CMV," "About CMV," "You Can Prevent CMV."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "Cytomegalovirus."

eMedicine: "Cytomegalovirus."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cytomegalovirus."

UCSF Center for HIV Information: "Cytomegalovirus and HIV."

National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements: "Valganciclovir."

FDA. News Release.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on June 01, 2018

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