Pronunciation: sigh-toe-meg-a-lo-virusEn Español (Spanish Version)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common infection caused by a type of herpes virus. It can cause swollen lymph glands, fever, and fatigue. Most people with CMV do not show symptoms of infection and are not aware they have it. A CMV infection usually occurs in young adults. The virus then remains in your body for the rest of your life. It is often in a sleeping state but can be activated by stressful situations.
CMV infections rarely causes health problems except for people with compromised immune systems such as those with:
- Organ transplant
- HIV infection
- Immune suppressing medication
Babies who are not born yet are also at risk for congenital CMV.
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Last reviewedMay 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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