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Record ID
Date of creation
2012-08-10 14:27 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2020-06-29 18:48 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2020-06-29 18:48 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

Organism information
Scientific name
Human betaherpesvirus 5
Taxonomic Classification
SpeciesHuman betaherpesvirus 5
Scientific name synonyms(s)
Human Herpesvirus-5, Human cytomegalovirus
Common name(s)
Human cytomegalovirus
Additional Classification
Group (virus)
I (dsDNA)
Type of organism
  • Viruses
Characteristics related to biosafety
Habitat range
Although they may be found throughout the body, HCMV infections are frequently associated with the salivary glands.
Geographical distribution
HCMV is found throughout all geographic locations and socioeconomic groups, and infects between 50% and 80% of adults in the United States (40% worldwide) as indicated by the presence of antibodies in much of the general population.
Known pathogenicity and/or allergenicity
Most healthy people who are infected by HCMV after birth have no symptoms. Some develop a syndrome similar to infectious mononucleosis or glandular fever, with prolonged fever, and a mild hepatitis. A sore throat is common. After infection, the virus remains latent in the body for the rest of the person's life. Overt disease rarely occurs unless immunity is suppressed either by drugs, infection or old age. Initial HCMV infection, which often is asymptomatic, is followed by a prolonged, inapparent infection during which the virus resides in mononuclear cells without causing detectable damage or clinical illness.
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