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Only 9% of women have ever heard of this highly contagious viral infection that can harm an unborn child.1 Whether you have kids or someday plan to, get informed and spread the word—because CMV is a virus all people should know about.
Cytomegalovirus, (pronounced sy-toe-MEG-a-low-vy-rus), or CMV, is a common virus that is often overlooked because healthy people who get CMV rarely show symptoms. If you are pregnant or have a weak immune system due to a health condition, CMV could have serious consequences.2,3
CMV is common and for most people, does not pose a health risk. But for those who are pregnant or have a weak immune system due to a health condition, the virus could have serious consequences.1,2 CMV can spread silently and often affects the most vulnerable of us.
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Doutre SM, Barrett TS, Greenlee J, White KR. Losing ground: awareness of congenital cytomegalovirus in the United States. J Early Hear Detect Interv. 2016;1(2):39-48. doi: 10.15142/T32G62.
About cytomegalovirus and congenital cmv infection. cdc.gov. Updated August 18, 2020. Accessed December 7, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/overview.html
CMV fact sheet for pregnant women and parents. cdc.org. Updated September 2018. Accessed December 7, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/fact-sheets/parents-pregnant-women.html
van Zuylen WJ, Hamilton ST, Naing Z, Hall B, Shand A, Rawlinson WD. Congenital cytomegalovirus infection: Clinical presentation, epidemiology, diagnosis and prevention. Obstet Med. 2014;7(4):140-146. doi:10.1177/1753495X14552719