Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a leading cause of birth defects around the world. CMV is a common viral infection that usually goes unnoticed or only causes mild symptoms in most people. But if a woman becomes infected with CMV while she is pregnant, she can pass the infection to her unborn baby. This can cause her child to suffer long-term disability due to birth defects, including hearing loss, or even death in very severe cases. Currently, there is no approved vaccine against CMV.

 

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People with CMV may pass the virus in body fluids, such as saliva, urine, blood, tears, semen, and breast milk. CMV is spread from an infected person in the following ways:

 

  • From direct contact with saliva or urine, especially from babies and young children
  • Through sexual contact
  • From breast milk to nursing infants
  • Through transplanted organs and blood transfusions

Signs & Symptoms

Over half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40.  Once the CMV virus is in a person’s body, it stays there for life and can reactivate. Most people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms. In some cases, infection in healthy people can cause mild illness that may include:

 

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands

 

People with weakened immune systems who get CMV can have more serious symptoms affecting the eyes, lungs, liver, esophagus, stomach, and intestines.

 Babies born with CMV can have brain, liver, spleen, lung, and growth problems. The most common long-term health problem in babies born with congenital CMV infection is hearing loss, which may be detected soon after birth or may develop later in childhood.