Silent prenatal virus a rare, dangerous risk for the unborn

May 17, 2014 5:55 PM

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Silent prenatal virus a rare, dangerous risk for the unborn

CHICAGO — It's a common, usually harmless virus. But in a rare, unlucky set of circumstances, it can be devastating for infants whose mothers become infected during pregnancy.

Brain damage, deafness and other birth defects are among potential problems when women inadvertently transmit the virus in the womb. Because those complications are so rare, most people have never heard of CMV — shorthand for cytomegalovirus.

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