What is CMV?
- CMV (cytomegalovirus) is a common flu-like virus that is harmless to most, but can lay dormant in your blood after you’ve had it.
- Your CMV status is checked every time you donate blood, as it can change.
- Blood transfused from someone who has had CMV may be dangerous to newborns or to adult patients with compromised immune systems.
- O type CMV negative donors are considered Babies and Kids Specialty Donors. Because you do not carry the CMV antibody and your blood type is used most frequently in emergency situations, your blood will be used specifically for these immune-deficient patients.
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