Friday, April 21, 2017


Another good reason to wash your hands! Every year, 8- 20% of caregivers/teachers contract cytomegalovirus (CMV), the leading viral cause of birth defects. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends advising caregivers/teachers of increased exposure to CMV and importance of hand hygiene and avoiding contact with urine, saliva, and nasal secretions.

In this segment, "Child Care and Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Protect Your Pregnancy." women of childbearing age will learn about how to prevent the leading viral cause of birth defects, cytomegalovirus (CMV), a much bigger threat to newborns than Zika. 

Talk show participants in order of appearance:

Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Section Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases Service, Texas Children's Hospital, CMV Registry, CMV Research and CMV Clinic. Contact: 832-824-4330, The CMV Registry supports CMV research, disseminates information and provides parent support. Visit:

Caroline Bailey, congenital CMV survivor and Master's college student. 

Brenda K. Balch, MD, Connecticut’s American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Chapter Champion Lisa SaundersInterviewer/Producer, PO Box 389, Mystic, CT 06355,

  • Lisa might be able to mail you a copy of the DVD if your station can't access it another way. 

The interviews of Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD and Caroline Bailey occurred at the 2016 Congenital Cytomegalovirus Public Health & Policy Conference in Austin, Texas:

If you would like your local access TV station to air this 28-minute segment,  "CHILD CARE AND CMV: PROTECT YOUR PREGNANCY," which includes two pediatricians and one CMV survivor, contact your station, letting them know you live or work in their area. To find your local access TV station, visit:

The show can be seen through: 
The show was filmed at Southeastern Connecticut Television (SEC-TV) Studios.
SEC-TV: Community Television for Groton, Ledyard, Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington, and Voluntown, Connecticut. CHANNELS 12 & 96 on Comcast; ​CHANNELS 12 & 670 on Thames Valley; and ​CHANNEL 99 on Frontier.
Address: SEC-TV, 80 Plaza Court, Groton, CT 06340
Studio Phone: 860-449-1477

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