Data from a variety of day care center studies indicate that between 44 to 100% of two year olds at a single given time were shedding CMV. Day-care workers are at greater risk according to the article, Cytomegalovirus as an occupational risk in daycare educators.
Q. What is being done about this? In 2013, Utah passed a law requiring congenital CMV prevention education in places such as daycare centers and the testing of newborns for CMV if they fail their hearing screen. Last May, Connecticut's Governor Malloy signed a bill requiring newborns who fail a hearing test to be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus. (See photograph of Governor Malloy at the ceremonial bill signing--I'm holding a picture of my deceased daughter, Elizabeth). From a press release issued June 4, 2015, by the State Senate Democrats of the Connecticut General Assembly: "With bipartisan support, the legislature approved and the governor signed a bill that will help mitigate the devastating impact that this disease has on families. The bill requires that hospitals and other health care institutions test newborn infants for CMV if they fail a newborn hearing test. This will help parents intervene early and get their newborn child the help it needs."
Q. How many people
know about congenital CMV?