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About This Series
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a double-stranded DNA virus from the Herpesviridae family. In developed countries, it is estimated that nearly 60% of people have been infected with CMV, while in some developing countries, CMV seroprevalence is approaching 100%. After a primary CMV infection, the virus establishes lifelong latency. The majority of individuals do not have any symptoms after primary infection, although in certain populations such as immunocompromised and pregnant individuals, CMV can cause serious and life-threatening complications.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a double-stranded DNA virus from the Herpesviridae family. In developed countries, it is estimated that nearly 60% of people have been infected with CMV, while in some developing countries, CMV seroprevalence is approaching 100%. After a primary CMV infection, the virus establishes lifelong latency. The majority of individuals do not have any symptoms after primary infection, although in certain populations such as immunocompromised and pregnant individuals, CMV can cause serious and life-threatening complications.
Hosts
Gail Demmler-Harrison, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Division Infectious Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine
Attending Physician
Infectious Diseases Service
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas
Megan H. Pesch, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Guests
Karen Fowler, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
Heersink School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Mark R. Schleiss, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Samantha Nikirk, MPH
Moderna