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Congenital Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States. Every pregnant woman is at risk of acquiring CMV. And only 9% of women know about it.
5 simple tips to help prevent CMV:
Do not share food, utensils, drinks or straws
Do not put a pacifier in your mouth
Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child
Do not share a toothbrush
Wash your hands
CMV is common, serious, and preventable. There are simple and effective prevention measures you and your loved ones can take to mitigate the risk of CMV transmission during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about CMV.
Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.