2019 Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Infancy Postpartum Pregnancy

CMV is common, serious and preventable

June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness month.  CMV is a common herpes virus that can infect people of all ages.  It's also the most common viral infection and 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, yet very few know about it.

According to the CDC, “If a pregnant woman is infected with CMV, she can pass it to her developing baby. This is called congenital CMV, and it can cause birth defects and other health problems.

WIC staff can help raise awareness of the virus and help moms become more aware of its potential health problems.  Visit the CDC site for information such as:

2019 CMV Awareness
Developed by: HHS, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
HHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine