I am hoping you would reach your audience with information that will spare children from the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus, that causes more disabilities than Down syndrome. To learn more about this #1 birth defects virus and how it can be prevented by the careful handling of saliva (particularly from toddlers), visit the CDC's Web page: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html
I am happy to speak to your audience about how they can prevent this disease. I am the parent representative of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Foundation (http://www.congenitalcmv.org/) and author of the memoir, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV," published by Unlimited Publishing (http://www.amazon.com/Anything-But-Dog-Congenital-Cytomegalovirus/dp/1588329968).
Until OB/GYNs make it a standard practice of care to warn women how to prevent cytomegalovirus, please reach your audience to help prevent over 5,000 babies a year in the U.S. from suffering this disease.
Utah passed a bill in 2013 requiring its Health Department to educate the public--Passed bill: Utah’s H.B. 81. I tried to get similar bill passed in Connecticut in 2014. It passed the Public Health Committee and House of Representatives, but the Senate failed to voted on it by the end of the legislative session. This is my letter to Connecticut for 2015: From Lisa to CT Politicians.
I work with the CDC and other medical professionals and can give you their contact information.
In 2014, Connecticut media featured my work to prevent others from suffering my daughter's disabilities and death from the preventable virus. Links to my local media coverage include:
Fox CT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lT2GpwzaMU&feature=youtu.be
The Day (Grace magazine): http://www.theday.com/article/20131218/GRACE01/131219832/-1/grace
Mystic River Press: http://www.mysticriverpress.com/news/latestnews/4102672-129/saunders-seeks-help-with-cmv-silent-virus-prevention-bill.html
Hartford Courant: http://www.courant.com/features/parenting/hc-mommy-minute-0428-20140428-story.html
Mystic, CT 06355
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Please stop #1 birth defects virus. My local media has covered my attempts to educate the public about preventing congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), which causes more disabilities than Down syndrome. Learn more from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html.
I am the parent rep. of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation (http://www.congenitalcmv.org/) and author of the memoir, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV."
My work: http://congenitalcmv.blogspot.com/