June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month

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(This information in this post is duplicated from the CDC website accessed 5/25/17.)

June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month 

Cytomegalovirus (pronounced sy-toe-MEG-a-low-vy-rus), or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Over half of adults by age 40 have been infected with CMV. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life and can reactivate. Most people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms. However, CMV infection can cause serious health problems for people with weakened immune systems, as well as babies infected with the virus before they are born (congenital CMV).

Helping Children with Congenital CMV

Some children with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection may have hearing or vision loss, or other health problems. Parents can help children with congenital CMV develop to their full potential by having specific health checks and treatments. Find out how early treatment may help and the signs of congenital CMV on the CDC web site.