Cytomegalovirus is a common herpes virus. Like so many other common viruses, many people are unaware they have it because they may show no symptoms. Legislation has set aside June as National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. In this second week of the observance, the theme is “Cytomegalovirus is Serious”.
The virus, which remains dormant in the body, can cause complications during pregnancy and for people with a weakened immune system. It spreads through bodily fluids and can be passed on from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby – the most common viral transfer known.
Also known as HCMV, CMV, or Human Herpes virus 5 (HHV-5), cytomegalovirus is the virus most commonly transmitted to a developing fetus. Many complications can occur because of the in vitro infection, and it represents the number one non-genetic cause of deafness,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 50 percent of adults in the United States are infected by the age of 40 ye