Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Public Health Initiative
H.B. 81 (2013 General Session) UCA 26-10-10, whose Chief Sponsor was Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove, will go into effect on July 1, 2013. This law (Cytomegalovirus Public Education and Testing) directs the Utah Department of Health to create a public education program to inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about the occurrence of CMV, the transmission of CMV, the birth defects that CMV can cause, methods of diagnosis, and available preventative measures. This law also directs medical practitioners to test infants, who fail two newborn hearing screening tests, for congenital CMV and inform the parents of those infants about the possible birth defects that CMV can cause and the available treatment methods.
CMV infection during pregnancy can harm your baby. Cytomegalovirus (sy toe MEG a low vy rus), or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Most CMV infections are "silent", meaning the majority of people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms, and there are no harmful effects. However, when CMV occurs during a woman’s pregnancy, the baby can become infected before birth. CMV infection before birth is known as “congenital CMV”. When this happens, the virus gets transmitted to the unborn infant and can potentially damage the brain, eyes and/or inner ears.
About 1 of every 5 children born with congenital CMV infection will develop permanent problems, such as hearing loss or developmental disabilities.
Congenital CMV is the leading non-genetic cause of childhood hearing loss.
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CMV Core Facts (Datos Fundamentales de CMV)
Congenital CMV and Hearing Loss (CMV Congenito y la Perdida de Audicion)
CMV What Women NEED TO KNOW (Lo Que Una Mujer Necesita Saber Acerca de CMV)
CMV What Childcare Providers NEED TO KNOW (Lo qué los proveedores de cuidado infantil NECESITAN SABER sobre CMV)
CMV Utah Flyer (Citomegalovirus)
For Health Care and Newborn Hearing Screening Providers:
For more information, contact the Utah Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program at (801) 584-8215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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