Friday, June 18, 2010


Cytomegalovirus - the congenital disease mothers don't know about.
CMV is the most common congenital (present at birth) viral infection in the U.S. Each year, about 5,500 (1 in 750) children in this country are born with or develop disabilities that result from congenital CMV infection. More children have disabilities due to this disease than other well-known congenital infections and syndromes, including Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida, and pediatric HIV/AIDS. (CDC)
Click on the duck to go to the CDC website about CMV and pregnancy - how it is spread and the risks. As with so many other diseases, good hygiene/hand washing can make a big difference.

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