One of the Human herpesviruses. Most people acquire during childhood, where it typically produces a mild glandular fever-like illness similar to Epstein-Barr virus. Infection is lifelong, as with other herpesviruses, but recrudescence is unusual except with immunocompromise.
If primary infection occurs during pregnancy, then congenital cytomegalovirus is possible (although the primary infection is usually overlooked).
Stanley Plotkin has been working on a vaccine.
Possible role in atherosclerosis and neuro-senescence.
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