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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Public Health Initiative

Daisy4.jpegH.B. 81 (2013 General Session) UCA 26-10-10, whose Chief Sponsor was Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove, went 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 Conference September 2014Please click icon above to access presentations

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.

CMV Core Facts (Datos Fundamentales de CMV)

CMV Utah Flyer (Citomegalovirus)


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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)

For Health Care and Newborn Hearing Screening Providers:


"cCMV 101: Congenital Cytomegalovirus from Prevention to Treatment"

Presented by: Dr. Michael Cannon of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

When: Slides and recorded webinar are now available online at links below!

Who: All who are interested in the health of mothers and babies

Dr. Michael Cannon is a research epidemiologist at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. He conducts research on the prevention of birth defects, with a particular focus on congenital cytomegalovirus.

Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) is the most common congenital infection in babies in developed countries. Pregnant women who contract cCMV can pass the virus onto their unborn baby, which can result in multiple disabilities, including significant hearing loss, vision loss, small head size, lack of coordination, and seizures. During this webinar, Dr. Cannon will be providing an overview of cCMV from prevention to diagnosis and treatment.

Though the effects of cCMV have been known for more than 20 years, many people are still unaware of the virus and its negative effect on unborn babies. With your help, we can reduce the number of babies born with cCMV. Help spread the word about cCMV.

For more information, contact the Utah Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program at (801) 584-8215 or

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