June 23, 2020

June is National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Hsuan-Yuan (Sherry) Wang is a 2nd Year PhD Candidate at Duke studying under the mentorship of Dr. Sallie Permar. 

Ms. Wang wants to raise awareness and #STOPCMV because:

While the overall awareness of congenital CMV infection in the U.S. is only 6.7%, over 60% of the U.S. population is possible to infect with CMV after 40 years old. 

These statistics come from two papers: 

  • S. A. S. Staras, S. C. Dollard, K. W. Radford, W. D. Flanders, R. F. Pass, and M. J. Cannon, “Seroprevalence of Cytomegalovirus Infection in the United States, 1988-1994,” Clin. Infect. Dis., vol. 43, no. 9, pp. 1143–1151, 2006.
  • S. Doutre, T. Barrett, J. Greenlee, and K. White, “Losing Ground: Awareness of Congenital Cytomegalovirus in the United States,” J. Early Hear. Detect. Interv., vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 39–48, 2016.

Visit www.nationalcmv.org to learn more about CMV.