Daycare and CMV: Know the risks! Protect Your Pregnancy!
- Over 1 million (1,260,600) childcare workers according to the Department of Labor
- Most CMV infections go undiagnosed—“The virtual absence of a prevention message has been due, in part, to the low profile of congenital CMV. Infection is usually asymptomatic in both mother and infant, and when symptoms do occur, they are non-specific, so most CMV infections go undiagnosed.” (Article, “Washing our hands of the congenital cytomegalovirus disease epidemic,”[xvii] by Cannon MJ, Davis KF, published in BMC Public Health 2005, 5:70).
III. WHAT IS CMV VERSUS CONGENITAL CMV?
- Congenital CMV infection is the “leading infectious cause of neurologic disabilities and sensorineural hearing loss in children.” It causes intellectual disability and cerebral palsy--more disabilities than Down syndromeas a result of infection in pregnant women. According to the CDC, in the U.S.:
- Premature birth,
- Liver, lung and spleen problems,
- Small size at birth,
- Small head size, and
- Hearing loss,
- Vision loss,
- Intellectual disability,
- Small head size,
- Lack of coordination,
- Weakness or problems using muscles, and
Author's note: I have a lot more research I can share with you. If interested, contact me at LisaSaunders42@gmail.com. The following photograph is me with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy at the 2015 CMV bill signing requiring testing newborns for CMV if they fail their newborn hearing screen.