What is CMV (cytomegalovirus)?

Patient

Q: What does being exposed to CMV mean?

Doctor

A:   Thank you for your query.
Exposure to CMV means, coming in contact with cytomegalovirus. The infection is spread through close, intimate contact with a person excreting the virus in their saliva, urine, found in breast milk and also in the bodily fluids. Pregnant woman who are infected with CMV rarely have symptoms, but the fetus may be at a risk of congenital CMV disease. Children may or may not show symptoms at birth but may still long term effects such as hearing loss and learning disabilities. This also is only seen in a very small fraction of children. Washing hands with soap & water & using gloves while handling baby diapers of children are advisable.
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