- Video of author Lisa Saunders introducing book, germ prevention and tableware characters at: https://youtu.be/_0jDOKPFg4M
- Placemats with tableware characters and germ prevention tips at: https://drive.google.com/file/
d/ 0B9Klfxar2CmjbHROT0Y5RG1RQ3M/ view (there are several placemat versions--two provide open space at top for organizations to insert their own logo/information before distributing).
About the author: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer living in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband and hound. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the parent representative of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Foundation, and in 2015, was instrumental in helping Connecticut become one of the few states in the country to enact a law combating the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital CMV. Saunders said, “CMV is carried by a high percentage of apparently healthy toddlers. It is found in bodily fluids such as saliva and is of concern to women of childbearing age because the virus can lead to complications in their baby's development if they are pregnant while infected.”
Which women are most at risk for contracting CMV?
Study: Cytomegalovirus as an occupational risk in daycare educators
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.
"75% of women with a primary infection during pregnancy acquire CMV from their own child under two years of age,” said Stuart Adler, M.D.
When educating daycare providers, it would be helpful if there was a flyer posted on the child care center to remind their clients of the precautions to take with their own toddlers.