You Can Prevent Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
What is CMV?
CMV, or cytomegalovirus (si-to-MEG-a-lo-vi-rus), is a virus that is found in all parts of the world.
What causes CMV?
How is CMV spread?
CMV spreads from one person to another in saliva (spit), semen, vaginal secretions, blood, urine, and breast milk. You can get CMV when you touch these fluids with your hands, then touch your nose or mouth. People can also get CMV through sexual contact, breastfeeding, blood transfusions, and organ transplants.
What are the symptoms of CMV?
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A blood test can tell you if you have CMV, but this test is not commonly performed. CMV doesn't always cause symptoms. When they first contract CMV, some people have:
But these are also symptoms of other illnesses, so most people don't know it when they get CMV.
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