Most of you seen my updates about my daughter mackenzie... I dont know why i didnt post this before but I feel moms need to be informed............you can catch it through the common cold... and more.......
CMV Impacts More Pregnancies But Less Women Know About It
More children have disabilities due to congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) than other well-known infections and syndromes, including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Pediatric HIV/AIDS. In a recent survey of women in the United States, only 22% had heard of CMV, compared with 97% who had heard of Down Syndrome and 98% who had heard of HIV/AIDS. A more recent study found that only 14% of women in the United States had heard of CMV.
Raise CMV Awareness and Help Save Children
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMV is the most common congenital (present at birth) viral infection in the United States. 1 in 150 children is born infected with congenital CMV. Each year, 30,000 children are born with congenital CMV causing 400 deaths and leaving 8,000 children with permanent disabilities such as deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, and seizures.
In the United States, about 50 to 60% of women are at risk for contracting CMV infection during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the CDC recommend that OB/GYNs counsel women on basic prevention measures to guard against CMV infection. But according to a 2007 survey, fewer than half (44%) of OB/GYNs reported counseling their patients about preventing CMV (MMWR, Jan. 25, 2008). This could be due to the perceived rarity of congenital CMV cases, the OB/GYN's possible limited knowledge of the virus, the lack of congenital CMV diagnoses within their practice, or just a simple oversight.
Prevent CMV by Avoiding Germs While Pregnant
CMV is a very common virus in young children and it is estimated that up to 70% of healthy children between 1 and 3 years of age may have CMV. CMV can be transmitted to pregnant women via bodily fluids, including saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, etc. To prevent CMV, practice frequent handwashing with soap and water after contact with diapers or oral secretions, especially with a child who is in daycare or interacting with other young children on a regular basis. Other basic prevention measures to guard against CMV include not kissing young children on the mouth and not sharing food, towels, or utensils with them.
Stop CMV understands how difficult it may be to adjust ones daily routine while pregnant, especially for mothers and those women who work as child care providers, daycare workers, nurses, teachers, and therapists. However, it is important for these messages to be communicated to pregnant women and those planning future pregnancies in order to inform and empower them to take a more active role in their personal hygiene and healthcare decisions.
Help us raise awareness of CMV by inviting your friends to join the Stop CMV Cause today! Help us save babies and help us to Stop CMV!
Only 14% of women in the United States have heard of CMV, according to a 2008 study.
Congenital CMV causes deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.
CMV is found mostly in healthy babies, toddlers, and young children and is spread through saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, other bodily fluids.
CMV poses a major risk to pregnant women, especially mothers, daycare workers, preschool teachers, therapists, and nurses.
If pregnant, wash your hands after handling babies or small children, don’t share food or drinks with them, and don’t kiss them on the mouth.
If they find abnormalities on u/s they may order a TORCH test.
T – Toxoplasmosis / Toxoplasma gondii
O – Other infections (see below)
R – Rubella
C – Cytomegalovirus
H – Herpes simplex virus
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