October 16, 2019

CMVirus Pledge PSA

What is CMV?

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common herpes virus that can infect anyone. It is transferred though close contact with body fluids (such as urine and saliva), including care provision for young children and sexual contact. While most people who become infected are asymptomatic, those with weakened immune systems or are pregnant have a greater chance of being affected by the virus, including infants exposed in utero.

Even though it is the most common infectious cause of birth defects and non-genetic hearing loss in children, only 9% of pregnant women are aware of CMV. Pregnant women need to be aware of this common virus that can affect their baby’s life and know how to avoid infection. Go to www.screen4CMV.org to sign the petition to get CMV testing on the uniform screening panels for all infants. Help us spread the word, not the virus!