July 06, 2017

Antibodies Halt Placental Transmission of CMV-Like Virus in Monkeys

Duke Health News

DURHAM, N.C. -- Long before the Zika virus became a global fear, cytomegalovirus, or CMV, was commonly infecting developing fetuses and causing many of the same brain and developmental impairments.

The virus, one of only a handful known to be transmitted through the mother’s placenta to a fetus, infects nearly 1 million infants a year worldwide and is a leading cause of microcephaly, hearing and/or vision loss, and nervous system damage. 

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