Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that is spread from person to person by contact with urine, saliva, breast milk, blood, semen, and possibly other body fluids. The virus can spread from an infected mother to her fetus or newborn baby. CMV can also be spread by blood transfusion and organ transplants. It can be present in the body without causing illness, and can be reactivated later in a person’s life at any time. Symptoms include fever, feeling tired, and swollen glands.

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