8- 20% of female child care providers contract CMV infection every year

Want a healthy baby? Want your friends to have one? Then know the numbers associated with congenital (present at birth) Cytomegalovirus (CMV), #1 viral cause of birth defects, so you can reduce your chances of contracting it. Birth defects from congenital CMV include microcephaly, hearing loss, mental impairment, blindness, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.

According to the New York TimesCMV is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed.

Child care workers and mothers of toddlers in daycare are at increased risk for contracting CMV.

Congenital CMV by the Numbers:
The  American Academy of Pediatrics, co-authored Standard Education and Policies on Cytomegalovirus (CMV)which states childcare workers of childbearing age should be informed about their increased probability of exposure to CMV and:
· Hygiene measures (especially handwashing and avoiding contact with urine, saliva, and nasal secretions) aimed at reducing acquisition of CMV;
· The availability of counseling and testing for serum antibody to CMV to determine the caregiver/teacher’s immune status... 

Additional numbers:
Above image from Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale--inspired by a girl with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).


Congenital CMV Disease Research, Clinic & Registry 

National CMV Foundation 

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