This act states: "any newborn infant who fails a newborn hearing screening, as described in section 19a-59, a screening test for cytomegalovirus, provided such screening test shall be administered within available appropriations on and after January 1, 2016. Such screening tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate."
When Lisa learned the governor had signed the bill, she was ecstatic. She hopes that testing will not only save Connecticut’s residents heartache by quickly diagnosing and providing early intervention for children born with cCMV, but that the money saved by the state will lead to more funds being invested in prevention education until an effective vaccine is developed.
- Every hour, cCMV causes one child to become disabled.
- Approximately 1 in 150 children is born with cCMV infection (30,000 each year).
- About 1 in 750 children is born with or develops permanent problems due to congenital CMV infection.
- More than 5,000 children in the U.S. each year suffer permanent problems caused by cCMV.
- Between 50% and 80% of adults in the U.S. are infected with CMV by 40 years of age.
A. Until Connecticut develops their own protocol, Utah posts informational flyers on cCMV to health care providers on their webpage at: http://www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/CHSS/CMV.html