“Cytomegalovirus (sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus) or CMV, is a member of the herpes virus family. Coming into contact with the CMV virus is a common occurrence, typically harmless to the general population. A CMV infection causes cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, fatigue and swollen glands. These mild cytomegalovirus symptoms last for only a few short weeks and are rarely a cause for concern for healthy kids or adults.”
CMV is more preventable than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Spina Bifida. Yet only 9% of mothers have heard of CMV.
“Congenital CMV affects one in every 200 babies born each year (approximately 30,000 children annually), making it the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. Furthermore, one in every five children born with congenital CMV will develop permanent health problems (roughly 6,000 children) with as many as 400 infant deaths annually.”
CMV in Kentucky
Cost of CMV per child $363,000 for the first 4 years
$1 MILLION for those with severe neurological impairment