CMV is a real risk to pregnant women!
Only 14% of women have heard of CMV.
More children have disabilities due to congenital CMV
(cytomegalovirus) than other well-known infections and syndromes,
including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and
Pediatric HIV/AIDS. A 2008 study of women in the United States found
that only 14% had heard of CMV. An earlier study in 2006 found that
22% of women in the United States had heard of CMV, compared with
97% who had heard of Down Syndrome and 98% who had heard of
HIV/AIDS. CMV prevention and treatment during pregnancy can prevent
birth defects and developmental disabilities.
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Only 14% of women have heard of CMV ... but it impacts more children than more well-known infections and syndromes!