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CMV is the #1 infectious cause of birth defects in the United States

91% of women have never heard of CMV.

Together we can change that.
What exactly is
CMV?

CMV or Cytomegalovirus is a viral infection that presents symptoms in adults much like a common-cold.

For most people, CMV does not pose a health risk. But for some, like people who have weakened immune systems or newborns, CMV could have serious consequences.

What exactly is
CMV?

CMV or Cytomegalovirus is a viral infection that presents symptoms in adults much like a common-cold.

For most people, CMV does not pose a health risk. But for some, like people who have weakened immune systems or newborns, CMV could have serious consequences.

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Moms can unknowingly pass the infection to their unborn baby, potentially causing long-term defects. The more people are educated about CMV, the better chance we have at reducing the spread.

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CMV is a leading infectious cause of non-genetic pediatric hearing loss. Nowiknowcmv.com
CMV is a leading infectious cause of non-genetic pediatric hearing loss. Nowiknowcmv.com
CMV is a leading infectious cause of non-genetic pediatric hearing loss. Nowiknowcmv.com

CMV infections in infants can also lead to:

  • Vision impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Decreased muscle strength and coordination
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) could be prevented by simple things, such as washing your hands.

Other ways to prevent CMV are:

  • Not sharing food, utensils, drinks or straws
  • Never putting a pacifier in your mouth
  • Only using your own toothbrush
  • Avoiding contact with saliva when kissing a child
What you should know

1 in 3 expecting mothers with CMV may pass it on to their babies. When there are other children or toddlers in the household, that risk increases. It’s even higher in Black communities.

CMV infection is

2
x

higher in Black infants

Transmission of CMV typically occurs through direct contact with bodily fluid, including saliva, urine, blood, tears and breast milk.

In adults, symptoms may include fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, or headaches.

Signs of a potential CMV infection at birth:

  • Rash
  • Jaundice

    (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)

  • Microcephaly

    (small head)

  • Low birth weight
  • Hepatosplenomegaly

    (enlarged liver and spleen)

  • Seizures
  • Retinitis

    (damaged eye retina)

If your baby or you have any of the CMV infection symptoms listed on this site, consult your doctor.

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