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Cytomegalovirus in Pregnancy

Cytomegalovirus in Pregnancy

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a common virus that infects most people worldwide. CMV infection is usually harmless and rarely causes illness. A health immune systme can hold the virus in check. However, if a person's immunce system is seriously weakened in any way, the virus can become active and cause CMV disease. CMV can have serious effects to newborns and infants. CMV can cause lung problems, poor weight gain, swollen glands, liver problems, rash, and bleediing problems. CMV can have life threatning problems with transplant patients, cancer patient, and HIV patients. 80% of the adult population carry the CMV virus and is often spread to the developing fetus before birth resulting in developmental problems that affect the child for a lifetime. CMV has no specific treatment or cure. The... Show More


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