Cytomegalovirus

CMV will kill you and your baby

What's is CMV?

CMV will kill you and your baby

What is CMV?

The Truth of CMV

CMV is a virus in the Herpes family. It attacks and weakens your immune system. The most common symptom is fevers in colds because of your weakened immune system. Treatments are antiviral medication that helps stop but not cure CMV. But if you are pregnant you cannot because of side effects. They are trying to make a vaccine now. If you have CMV it could make your baby deaf, blind, growth problems, mental retardation, and maybe death.

Statistics

  • In the United States, about 1%-4% of (1-4 of every 100) uninfected women have a primary CMV infection during a pregnancy
  • CMV is the most common viral infection that infants are born with in the United States.
  • About 1 in 750 children in the United States is born with or develops permanent problems due to congenital CMV infection. In the United States, more than 5,000 children each year suffer permanent problems caused by CMV infection.