In January my House Bill 165 to designate June as is Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month became law. Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection that can cause low birth weight, seizures, vision impairment, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and sometimes death. CMV affects 30,000 children every year and one child is permanently disabled by CMV every hour. Also, between 1990 and 2006, a total of 777 CMV-associated deaths were reported. CMV is a lesser known infection with only 9% of women knowing about CMV. CMV is mostly found by testing newborns for it since 90% of children born with CMV do not show display symptoms. If caught early on newborns can be treated with antiviral medicines, and that can help reduce symptoms later in the child’s life.
I what CMV to become more widely known in our state to help our children. If more mothers know about the infection that can cause harm to their newborn they can take steps to prevent CMV, and get their child early treatment. Please spread the word about the dangers of CMV, and together we can work to help Ohio’s children.
To learn more about CMV visit the National CMV Foundation’s website at https://www.nationalcmv.org/.