January 26, 2009
Doctors Don’t Teach Prevention of #1 Birth Defects Virus MORE COMMON THAN DOWN SYNDROME
Pregnant Women Unaware Saliva of Young Children Potentially Harmful to Unborn
“And CMV could potentially be responsible for far more disabilities because congenital CMV can only be conclusively diagnosed within the first three weeks of birth, and sometimes symptoms aren't seen for months or even years.
"’Nobody's even measured this yet in terms of mild learning disabilities," says Cannon of the virus that can cause hearing loss, vision loss, neurodevelopmental disabilities, small head size, growth delays and problems with the spleen, liver and lungs.” See full article, which includes photos of a little girl disabled by congenital CMV along with her mother, Lisa Saunders, Stop CMV and Congenital CMV Foundation parent representative, at: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090121/HEALTH/901210313
Contacts: For more information about the article, contact reporter, Deborah J. Botti, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about congenital CMV, visit http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/ or contact Michael J. Cannon, Ph.D., Research Epidemiologist, CDC, at email@example.com; Gail J Demmler-Harrison MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Director of Congenital CMV Disease Registry, Clinic and Research Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bcm.edu/pedi/infect/cmv or call (832) 824-4387; or contact Congenital CMV Foundation founder, Lenore Pereira, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology and Virology, Cell and Tissue Biology Department, University of California San Francisco, at email@example.com, or visit www.congenitalcmv.org/ which includes Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee with their contact information. Dr. Pereira has studied immune responses to CMV infection and molecular biology of viral glycoproteins for over 25 years. To contact a parent willing to speak about their child’s experience with congenital CMV, e-mail Lisa Saunders, author of the humorous memoir, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV," at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.stopcmv.com/ to find a STOP CMV representative near you.