Wednesday, July 17, 2019

OSHA, CDC and UCONN: New Resources for Child Care Providers to Protect Their Unborn Children from CMV, #1 Birth Defect Virus

On May 22, 2019, OSHA announced in "QuickTakes," its newsletter on workplace safety and health: "A common virus, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) affects thousands of workers in childcare centers and healthcare facilities. These workers are at the greatest risk of exposure because the virus is often spread through saliva and other body fluids of young children. OSHA's new webpage on CMV [https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cmv/], explains how to minimize health risks associated with workers' exposure to this virus."

CDC Provides CMV Brochures in English and Spanish

CDC's information for child care providers: https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/congenital-infection.html#childcare-providers
CDC's flyers in English and Spanish , "Congenital CMV Facts for Pregnant Women and Parents":

UCONN Provides CMV Training Video and Quiz

The University of Connecticut recently came out with a CMV training module for child care providers.  The link to the video and quiz:  https://aural.rehab.uconn.edu/cmv-training-module/  

Connecticut Department of Public Health Has CMV Prevention Wall Flyer

Connecticut Department of Public Health
 (CT DPH) website has flyers and information: http://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Family-Health/EHDI/CMV. The National CMV Foundation allowed the CT DPH to embed their logo in their “Are You Pregnant” National CMV Awareness Flyer.

Connecticut and CMV Law Effective in 2016

Letter about CMV in Child Care and Connecticut's 2016 law from Brenda K. Balch, MD, Connecticut's American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Chapter Champion: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xjQKI8SE1awlHPdD-k27ZwG62W7dnlv3/view?usp=sharing

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