What’s Going Around: CMV infection during pregnancy

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Cytomegalovirus also known as CMV  is a common virus that infects people of all ages and most who become infected the virus will never develop symptoms. However, when CMV occurs during a woman’s pregnancy, the baby can become infected before birth.  CMV infection before birth is known as “congenital CMV”. When this happens, the virus gets transmitted to the unborn infant and can potentially damage the brain, eyes, and/or inner ears.

Permanent health problems or disabilities due to congenital CMV include:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Developmental Disability
  • Brain Damage
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Small head size
  • Lack of coordination
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizures

For more information on this topic visit the Utah Department of Health's website by click here or call (801) 584-8215 Monday thru Friday - 8 am to 5 pm.

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