What is cytomegalovirus (CMV)?

Updated: Jul 07, 2021
  • Author: Ricardo Cedeno-Mendoza, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the family Herpesviridae, also known as Human Herpesvirus 5 (HHV-5). It is the largest (220 nm in diameter) and most complex herpesvirus, with a 235,000 double-stranded DNA genome. CMV seroprevalence in immunocompetent adults varies from 40-100% globally. [1]


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