According to the New York Times in 2016, CMV Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed.
Of the four million infants born each year in the U.S., approximately 1% are infected prenatally with CMV (American Academy of Pediatrics et al., Caring for Our Children, 2011). Ten percent of those infants (about 4,000) may have one or multiple abnormalities.
1. Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) website, Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV): http://portal.ct.gov/dph/Family-Health/EHDI/Home-page--Early-Hearing-Detection-and-Intervention-Program-Home-Page%20
2. CT DPH and National CMV Foundation flyer: Are You Pregnant? http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ehdi/ncmvf_awareness_flyer_ct_dph.pdf
3. Flyer FOR OBSTETRIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ehdi/about_cmv_obs.pdf
4. Flyer: TESTING FOR OBSTETRIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ehdi/cmv_testing_info_obs.pdf
In 2015, Connecticut’s annual cost to the healthcare system of caring for children disabled by congenital CMV can be calculated at 35,746 total births x .001 congenital CMVdisabled = 36 disabled babies X $300,000/year = $10,800,000 annually.
This one-page fact sheet I created for policy makers provides more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjU1ZLRUc2VlFNbEE/view or you may wish to click into my list of 15 reasons why childcare givers need to know about CMV.
CMV Awareness Advocate, Parent Rep., Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation
http://congenitalcmv.org/ | PO Box 389., Mystic, CT 06355