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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)


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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) does not always cause symptoms, but you may get flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature and aching muscles.

When a baby is born with a cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, it's known as congenital CMV. Rarely, this can cause complications such as hearing loss.

You do not always need treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV). Some babies and people with a weakened immune system may be given antiviral medicines.

You can lower the chance of getting cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy by washing your hands often, washing toys, and avoiding sharing food.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that's usually harmless. Sometimes it causes problems in babies and people with a weakened immune system.

Page last reviewed: 20/07/2023
Next review due: 20/07/2026