FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- Every hour, congenital CMV causes one child to become disabled.
- About 1 in 750 children is born with or develops permanent problems due to congenital CMV infection.
- More than 5,000 children each year suffer permanent problems caused by congenital CMV.
Casey Famigletti of New Canaan, whose daughter was also born with congenital CMV, stated in her public hearing testimony to the Public Health Committee on Feb. 20, 2015: "What has been most frustrating to me is the fact that I was informed about not eating soft cheeses and deli meat (to prevent listeria), to not clean kitty litter boxes (to prevent toxoplasmosis), to avoid alcohol (to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome) and to take an adequate amount of folic acid (to prevent spinal bifida). If, according to the CDC, 1 in 150 children is born with congenital CMV, making it more prevalent than everything else I was informed of, why was I not informed on the simple step to reduce my risk of acquiring and passing along such a prevalent, preventable and destructive virus?"