See the following article by Mark Green, firstname.lastname@example.org :
"Legislation was passed in Utah, and now The Utah Department of Health is required to educate women about the dangers of CMV in pregnancy as well as ways to prevent it."
Here is the Utah's Department of Health link that provides the following resources and info:
Children's Hearing and Speech Services
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Public Health InitiativeH.B. 81 (2013 General Session) UCA 26-10-10, whose Chief Sponsor was Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove, will go into effect on July 1, 2013. This law (Cytomegalovirus Public Education and Testing) directs the Utah Department of Health to create a public education program to inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about the occurrence of CMV, the transmission of CMV, the birth defects that CMV can cause, methods of diagnosis, and available preventative measures. This law also directs medical practitioners to test infants, who fail two newborn hearing screening tests, for congenital CMV and inform the parents of those infants about the possible birth defects that CMV can cause and the available treatment methods.
CMV infection during pregnancy can harm your baby. Cytomegalovirus (sy toe MEG a low vy rus), or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Most CMV infections are "silent", meaning the majority of people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms, and there are no harmful effects. However, when CMV occurs during a woman’s pregnancy, the baby can become infected before birth. CMV infection before birth is known as “congenital CMV”. When this happens, the virus gets transmitted to the unborn infant and can potentially damage the brain, eyes and/or inner ears.
About 1 of every 5 children born with congenital CMV infection will develop permanent problems, such as hearing loss or developmental disabilities.
Congenital CMV is the leading non-genetic cause of childhood hearing loss.
CMV Core Facts
Congenital CMV and Hearing Loss
CMV What Women NEED TO KNOW
CMV What Childcare Providers NEED TO KNOW
CMV Utah Flyer
For Health Care and Newborn Hearing Screening Providers:
Page last updated 07/03/2013 14:57:02
HERE is what the bill looks like when I click into the link above:
Note from Lisa Saunders
To anyone who will listen:
I am a mother who lost her daughter due to complications from congenital CMV (she died during a seizure at the age of 16 in 2006). I am the parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation and author of the memoir, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV." I want to thank anyone who publishes life-saving information about protecting babies from congenital CMV. My daughter Elizabeth was born severely disabled from congenital CMV because no one told me I shouldn't kiss my own toddler around the mouth (toddlers are the majority of the carriers of CMV) or that I was putting my pregnancy at risk by operating a daycare center in my home for toddlers. If interested, here is my congenital CMV blog: http://congenitalcmv.blogspot.com/