What is CMV?
- CMV or Cytomegalovirus is a member of the herpes virus family.
- It is very common; 50-80% of the U.S. population has had a CMV infection by 40 years old (CDC).
- It is typically harmless and can cause cold-like symptoms; 90% of adults and many children show no symptoms at all.
- Once a person has had CMV, it stays there for life and can reactivate. It is also possible to be reinfected with a different strain of CMV.
- It is more likely to occur in minority communities, especially young mothers.
- There is currently no vaccine.
Who is at risk for CMV?
- All pregnant women, but especially those…
- Who have young children in the home.
- Childcare workers, early interventionists, early childhood providers.
- Healthcare workers.
- People with compromised immune systems are also at risk for CMV infection.
- Nearly 1 in 3 children are infected by age 5.
- 8% - 20% of childcare staff are infected with CMV each year.
- 40% - 70% of childcare staff have evidence of a prior infection.