Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If you are currently pregnant or planning a future pregnancy, you need to learn about CMV.

1 in 150 children is born with congenital CMV (Cytomegalovirus).

CMV is the most common virus transmitted from mother to unborn child.

CMV is a common virus with 50% to 85% of adults already exposed by adulthood. However, women who have not yet been exposed are at risk for contracting CMV during pregnancy and giving birth to a child born with congenital CMV.

Congenital CMV causes deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.

Infants, toddlers, and children commonly get CMV from their peers and can pass the virus to unsuspecting mothers, daycare workers, teachers, therapists, nurses, or anyone who works with or comes into contact with small children.

CMV is spread through saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, and other bodily fluids.

CMV can be prevented by practicing good hygiene while pregnant. Handwashing after handling or playing with babies and small children is important, in addition to not sharing utensils or drinks and not kissing babies and small children on the mouth or face.

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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