I have never heard about congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) until someone posted about it on my Facebook Page’s wall from me writing about Hearing Loss. So being that I never knew about it, I knew others didn’t know about it either. So I had to know more about it and write this post.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that can infect almost anyone. Most people don’t know they have CMV because it rarely causes symptoms. However, if you’re pregnant or have a weakened immune system, CMV is cause for concern.
Once infected with CMV, your body retains the virus for life. However, CMV usually remains dormant if you’re healthy.
CMV spreads from person to person through body fluids, such as blood, saliva, urine, semen and breast milk. CMV spread through breast milk usually doesn’t make the baby sick. However, if you are pregnant and develop an active infection, you can pass the virus to your baby.
There’s no cure for CMV, but drugs can help treat newborns and people with weak immune systems.
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