What Is CMV?

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CMV, or cytomegalovirus, is a condition that may occur in people of all ages and have minimal impact on individuals with healthy immune systems. When CMV affects infants, however, it can be a serious condition that leads to permanent side effects, including hearing loss and developmental disorders. CMV is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States, and it accounts for more childhood disabilities than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Down Syndrome.

Because CMV is spread through contact bodily fluids, it is important that pregnant women practice frequent handwashing to prevent contracting this virus and spreading it to the child in the womb. Women who are infected with CMV during pregnancy should see a doctor right away for treatment.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can find complete prenatal care to help you prevent CMV and other serious pregnancy complications. Explore the classes and services offered by our Family Birthing Center by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.

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