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What is cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV retinitis)?

Cytomegalovirus retinitis, abbreviated CMV retinitis, is a particular form of a virus related to herpes that is very widespread but little known. Once infected with CMV, there is no way to rid the body of it. It can manifest in different parts of the body, and generally only affects those with weak immune systems or pregnant women. When the virus causes an infection in the eyes it is classified as retinitis.

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