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Raising Awareness for CMV

(KUTV) Sara Doutre is an expert on CMV and actually contracted the virus while she was pregnant. She spreads awareness for the virus.

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Most people become infected with CMV during their lifetimes. Most CMV infections are "silent," meaning most people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms and suffer no harmful effects. However, when CMV infection occurs during a woman's pregnancy, the baby can become infected before birth. CMV infection before birth is known as "congenital cmv." CMV is the most common congenital infection in the United States.

In Utah, about 1 child is born with a congenital CMV infection each day. About 1 of every 5 children born with congenital CMV, one child each week born in Utah, will develop permanent problems due to the infection. Permanent health problems or disabilities due to congenital CMV infection can include: hearing loss; vision loss; developmental disability; cerebral palsy; seizures; and death.

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