According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three children is infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) by age 5. While it’s not likely to cause long-term problems in babies and children, there is potential for many complications in unborn babies who contract it from their expectant mothers. These can include “jaundice, rash, enlarged liver and spleen, hearing loss/deafness, inflammation of the eyes and vision loss (chorioretinitis), seizures, cognitive and motor deficits and death,” said Santosh Pandipati, M.D., maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Obstetrix® Medical Group of San Jose in California. 

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