The Symptoms and Causes of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that can infect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic background. Most people infected with CMV are asymptomatic and will not know they have contracted the virus. Newborn infants, mothers, and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk for harmful or fatal CMV infections.

Information. CMV is incredibly common. Approximately 50% of all adults aged 40+ have been infected by CMV. The virus stays in a body for life after initial infections and can reactivate at any time. People infected by CMV usually have no idea they’ve been infected because the virus typically shows no signs or symptoms. Cytomegalovirus infections can cause serious, even fatal health issues in unborn/newborn babies, mothers, and people with weakened immune systems.